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Sydney Mustard

Apprentice
 

The journey to becoming a student midwife unknowingly began in 1997, when I accepted an administrative position at Sentara Leigh Hospital Family Maternity Center. As I became immersed in all things labor, delivery, baby, and postpartum, a seed was planted that would take years to grow.
In 1998, my husband and I became parents. We have four children, three of which were delivered by midwives. The personal, loving, and individualized attention I received in their care watered that seed.
After attending a few births of close family and friends, I was encouraged to enroll in a course to become a certified Doula. Serving my community for the past ten plus years in this capacity has been a joy. Each opportunity to serve families and witness the miracle of birth watered that seed even more.
As a homeschooling mother, I am grateful for the 16 years I’ve had to pour into my children’s lives and education. Now that our family is transitioning into a season of independence and self-sufficiency, I am honored to have been chosen to serve as an apprentice with Seven Cities Midwifery Care. I am working towards my certification through the Portfolio Evaluation Process as outlined by the North American Registry of Midwives, and have successfully completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. As I study under Terri and Jenn, I look forward to being able to harvest the seed that was planted so many years ago, in an effort to competently and lovingly serve families for years to come.