Our company, Childbirth Awareness, is based on the
belief that our client's needs are of the utmost importance. Our team
is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of
our business is from repeat clients and referrals.
Our team is among the most talented in Midwifery
Services. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to
work for you.
Bill Dwelley, B.S., M.S., EMT-I, R.M.
Background – Bill is a native of Memphis,Tennessee and grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He has lived in Montrose since 1976. In 1980, he began and completed a midwifery apprenticeship with Lil Comstock Hauze, an experienced senior midwife, who was the founder and co-editor of Mothering Magazine. Bill has been actively practicing midwifery on the Western Slope since 1983. He is the founder and senior midwife at Childbirth Awareness located in Montrose, Colorado.
Education and work experience – Bill has a Master’s of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Following graduation, he worked with children in a wide range of capacities, including teaching special education and physical education in the public school system for 6 years.
He is licensed by the State of Colorado as an active practicing midwife. Bill is a Certified Emergency Medical Technician with an Intermediate (EMT-I) level of training. He has worked for several ambulance companies both paid and in volunteer positions. He has over 25 years of experience as a member of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team.
Bill is credentialed in Career and Technical Education by the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. He is continually attending study groups and classes to upgrade his skills. He has sponsored numerous pre-natal classes and trained at least a dozen midwife apprentices over the years. Most of his experience has been in a rural home birth practice. However, in 1992, he traveled to Russia with the Russian Birth Project. There, he taught midwifery skills and assisted in over 150 births in his four month stay.
Bill has taught CPR and First Aid classes. Currently, Bill teaches Emergency Childbirth classes to area emergency responders. Bill works with and assists other midwives from time to time.
Credentials / Memberships - Bill is a Registered Midwife (RM) rather than a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). He is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and CPR (adult, child, and infant). Bill is a practicing Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate (EMT-I), an active member of the Colorado Midwives Association, and the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team.
Philosophy – "I consider childbirth to be a beautiful, sacred, and natural sequence of love. In my practice, I strive to facilitate the type of birth experience that parents most desire. I honor families and try to individualize my care. I believe that it is very important for people to be clear about why they want a home birth. I believe that people should have good information about their choices of care providers so that they can make a decision that feels good and works for them."
Karen Dwelley, RN, FCN, BSN
Background – Augusta, Georgia is Karen's place of birth and was her home until she moved to Montrose, Colorado in 2008. People ask what brought her to this area. She tells them to be near her daughter and grandchildren, who live in Telluride. She has another daughter in Georgia and a son in Tennessee. Karen is grandmother "Marmie" to four beautiful grandchildren (3 girls and 1 boy). In 2011 she became Mrs. Dwelley.
Education and work experience - In 1976, Karen received an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Augusta College (now known as Augusta University). Since obtaining her RN license, she has worked in many areas of large and medium size urban hospitals: newborn nursery; neonatal intensive care; medical-surgical unit; labor and delivery; postpartum and gynecological care; regional burn unit; psychiatric unit; emergency department; home health care/hospice; and post-anesthesia care unit. For nine years, she worked for a free-standing multi-specialty surgical center using her clinical skills to perform as the Center’s first Risk Manager and Quality Improvement Coordinator.
In 2000, Karen returned to college, taking a year-long course from Marquette University School of Nursing to become a "Parish Nurse" (now known as a "Faith Community Nurse"). With this training, she started the first faith-based Health Ministry in Augusta. This ministry concerns the mind, body, spirit connection using a proactive and wholistic approach to health care. This ministry continues today. In 2004, Karen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing (now known as Georgia Regents University College of Nursing) completing their RN to BSN program.
In July 2011, Karen began assisting Bill Dwelley, Registered Midwife, with home births. In April 2012, she joined his practice full time assisting him with all aspects of care and office management. Karen is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and in CPR as a professional Healthcare provider.