Meet Our Midwives
As the largest nurse-midwife practice in Denver, the Certified Nurse-Midwives at Platte Valley Medical Center is home to some of the most skilled, experienced and compassionate midwives in the region.
Susan grew up in a small Midwestern town, the daughter of a pharmacist and a nurse. She moved to Colorado in 1977. Susan came to midwifery later in her life. She began as a 4th grade teacher. When she learned about midwives, she decided to earn a nursing degree with the intent of becoming a certified nurse midwife. She became a nurse and worked in labor and delivery for ten years, then went to midwifery school. Along the way she had a midwife as her care provider who delivered her daughter and then became her mentor.
She is very passionate about her career as a midwife (now in its 20th year). She believes in women and giving them the best possible health care and pregnancy care available. She finds joy in being "with women." Susan has been a preceptor to many nurse practitioner and midwifery students over the years and strongly believes in mentoring the next generation of midwives.
Laren Hutcheson joined the Certified Nurse Midwives practice 2014 after spending almost two years providing midwifery care to women in Northern Colorado. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Regis University in 2009 and completed a Master’s of Science in Nursing – Midwifery from the University of Colorado in 2012. Laren is excited to have the opportunity to partner with mothers as they embark on a journey of expanding their family. Laren believes that her role as a midwife is to provide information which in turn allows a woman/family to take control of their health and make their own educated decisions regarding their care.
Mary found her way to midwifery in a large lecture hall as a confused undergraduate college student. The first midwife that she ever met was a women’s health professor who emphasized individualized, person-centered healthcare while discussing women’s health not solely by anatomy but in the context of women’s lives. This philosophy resonated with Mary and after graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Women’s Studies, she then continued to nursing school. After nursing school, Mary relocated to Nashville, TN and worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital before attending midwifery school at Vanderbilt University. Mary strongly believes in the strength and power of women and the beauty of birth. She is passionate about caring for women during all stages of their lives.
For the past three years, Mary has worked as a midwife at a community hospital in Chicago, IL caring for a diverse population of women. She and her family have happily relocated to Colorado. Outside of attending births (one of her greatest privileges), you can find Mary spending time with her young son, running, hiking, or skiing.
Martine discovered her passion for midwifery when in nursing school. She had the privilege of working with a midwife who taught her how to support birth and fell in love. “To be there from the beginning when they are growing a fetus, and then to be present to help facilitate a kind and gentle, respectful birth–beginning their life–is a joy I will never tire of.”
Her core philosophy about healthcare is rooted in education, teamwork, and individualization. All people need to be educated about their health and included as a crucial member on their own health team. Care needs to be individualized to be maximally useful to each person.
Prenatal care provides a wonderful opportunity to bring this philosophy to fruition. Pregnancy is a unique time in any family’s life; a time that women are more motivated and thoughtful than ever before about what is going on with their body and what it needs to thrive and grow. Martine loves being on this journey with families, as they learn and discover. Both well-woman/annual exam and prenatal care are focused on wellness and prevention. These are her passions!
Martine completed her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Psychology in 2003 and continued her education at the University of Colorado to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006. She practiced as an RN as the first step toward reaching her dream of becoming a nurse midwife. She earned a Master of Science in Midwifery in 2009 and Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2011 from the University of Colorado. She has been an active member of the community, having served as a board member of the American College of Nurse Midwives Colorado Affiliate and national representative on the Government Affairs Committee.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and twin boys. She often finds herself absorbed in hiking, biking, camping, fishing, music and good food.
To learn more about any of the nurse-midwives or to schedule an appointment, call 303-318-BABY (2229).