Childbirth Awareness - Childbirth Awareness specializes in safe home births since 1983. We make every attempt to provide you with high quality, personalized, and comprehensive care. We monitor the technical aspects of pregnancy carefully to be sure that you remain in a low risk category for home delivery. We care about you as a person and about your experience in pregnancy and childbirth. Call us for a free interview.
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Karen & Bill Dwelley
Karen & Bill Dwelley
Bill Dwelley, B.S., M.S., EMT-I, RM

Backqround - I am a native of Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. I have lived in Montrose since 1976. In 1980, I began and completed a midwifery apprenticeship with Lil Comstock Hauze, an experienced senior midwife, who is the founder and co-editor of Mothering Magazine. I have been actively practicing midwifery on the Western Slope since 1983. I am the founder and senior midwife at Childbirth Awareness located in Montrose, Colorado.

Education - I have a Master's of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Following graduation, I worked with children in a wide range of capacities, including teaching special education and physical education in the public school system for 6 years. I am licensed by the State of Colorado as an active practicing midwife. I am a Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate (EMT-|) having worked for several ambulance companies both paid and volunteer positions. I have over 25 years of experience as a member of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team. I am credentialed in Career and Technical Education by the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. I am continually attending study groups and classes to upgrade my skills. I have sponsored numerous pre-natal classes and trained at least a dozen midwife apprentices over the years. Most of my experience has been in a natural home birth practice, however, in 1992, I traveled to Russia with the Russian Birth project. There, I taught midwifery skills and assisted in over 150 births. I have transported a small number of mothers to area hospitals when serious or unknown complications have arisen. I work with and assist other midwives from time to time. I have taught CPR and First Aid classes. I currently teach Emergency
Childbirth classes to area emergency responders.

Credentials / Memberships - I am a Registered Midwife (RM) rather than a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). I am certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and CPR (adult, child, and infant). I am a practicing Emergency Medical Technician, lntermediate (EMT-|), an active member of the Colorado Midwives Association, and the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team.

Philosophv - I consider childbirth to be a beautiful, sacred, and natural sequence of love. ln 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. Also, 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 work for to them.

Karen Dwelley, RN, FCN, BSN

Background -Augusta, Georgia is my place of birth and was my home until I moved to Montrose, Colorado in 2008. People ask what brought me to this area; I tell them to be near my daughter and her family, who live in Montrose. I have another daughter in Georgia and a son in Tennessee. I am grandmother “Marmie” to four beautiful
grandchildren (3 girls and 1 boy). In September 2011, I joyfully became Mrs. Dwelley.

Education -­ In 1976, I received an Associate of Science in Nursing from Augusta College (now known as Augusta State University). Since obtaining my RN license, I
have worked in many areas of a large and medium size urban hospital: newborn nursery;; neonatal intensive care; medical-­surgical; labor & delivery; postpartum & gyn care; a regional burn unit; a psychiatric unit; emergency department; home health care/hospice; and post-­anesthesia care unit. For nine years, I worked at a free-­standing multi-­specialty surgical center using my clinical skills to perform as the Center’s first Risk Manager and Quality Improvement Coordinator.

In 2000, I returned to school, 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, I started the first faith-­based Health Ministry in Augusta. This ministry is about the mind, body, spirit connection using a proactive and wholistic approach to health care. This ministry continues today.

In 2004, I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing (now known as Georgia Health Sciences University) completing their RN to BSN program. Upon moving to Montrose, I worked at Volunteers of America / Senior Community
Care - P.A.C.E. as the Director of In-­Home Services. This department assists
participants in their home, enabling them to continue to live independently rather than a nursing home.

In July 2011, I began assisting Bill Dwelley, Registered Midwife, with home births. In April 2012, I joined his practice full time assisting him with all aspects of care. As of October 2012, I have become certified in Neonatal Resuscitation. Additionally, I am CPR certified as a professional Healthcare provider.

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