My name is Amie Hernandez and I am a Certified Nurse Midwife. My deep love for midwifery was first kindled when I became pregnant with my first child in 1994, and had planned a home delivery with a CNM in Des Moines, Iowa. I was a nursing student enrolled in a BSN program, and my midwife/mentor made such a huge impact on my life, that I remember thinking that I wanted to make that sort of a difference in the lives of others, like she had made in mine. Not long after my second child was born at home I began studying the role of a doula and childbirth educator and basically anything I could get my hands on related to midwifery, childbirth and breastfeeding. After I graduated with my BSN in 1997, I went to work as a labor and delivery nurse in a local hospital. Through various life circumstances, my husband and I moved to Arkansas where I worked on the local hospital as an OB nurse. It was there I providentially met a licensed midwife named Candy and began apprenticing and attending home births with her in 1999. After meeting all of the requirements for licensure and passing the NARM exam, I became a licensed Arkansas midwife in 2002. Life circumstances took our family to Rolla, Missouri where I once again worked as a labor and delivery nurse at the local hospital. I was also active with La Leche League and participated in lobbying to help pass the Missouri CPM licensure bill. My husband was recruited and hired by Caterpillar in Peoria where we currently reside and where, providence would have it again, I became involved in the homebirth world. It was there I met and began to work with Brande Ruskusky, CNM and Bernice Keutzer, CNM as one of their birth assistants while also continuing to work as a labor and delivery nurse. Both of these amazing women and friends encouraged me to complete my Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on midwifery, which I did in 2015 with a degree from Frontier Nursing University. Looking back on my life I see the clear hand of God leading and directing me on my journey to become a certified nurse midwife by giving me all these years of experience working with moms and babies in many different hospitals, places and environments that have helped to shape me into the midwife I am today. Serving mom’s and families is my greatest passion and joy. There is nothing more deeply moving to me than helping to empower and make a difference in the life of one woman/family at a time, just as my midwife made such a huge difference and impact on my life and family long ago.