Erin Lavin, Certified Nurse Midwife
My journey to becoming a midwife was a very long road. I was born and raised a military brat and grew up in several locations around the country. My family moved to Omaha when I was in high school and I graduated from Bellevue East in 2000. When I first started college, I thought I wanted to be a pharmacist. After a few scary chemistry classes and a desire to have contact with patients, I changed my major to nursing. I knew that I loved pregnancy and babies so I set out to work as a labor and delivery nurse. I attended nursing school at Iowa Western and the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!). Soon after graduating, I decided I wanted to go to graduate school to become a women’s health nurse practitioner. After spending time with some wonderful midwives at work, I decided to change my degree to midwifery. I am SO glad that I changed as I love taking care of pregnant women, being there at the time they welcome their new babies, and establishing relationships with them that extend beyond pregnancy.
I graduated from midwifery school in 2011. I took a job in Waterloo, Iowa where another midwife and I were hired to be the first providers in a clinic that was managed by the hospital. Many of our patients did not know what a midwife was or how they could benefit from having one. After a short while, word got out that we were there and our practice grew quickly. Since I have a young family, I had to examine other options that would allow me to balance my love for my job and my love for being a mama. I joined Marilyn, Cece, Amanda, and Bridget in March of last year and I love being part of a big group that has many years and different types of experience.
My husband Josh and I have been married for ten years. We have two beautiful children- a son, Morgan and a daughter, Hayden. We also have two fur babies, Zeus and Perseus.