Why See a Certified Nurse Midwife

Empowerment:

Education is the forefront of good patient health. You are your best investment. The more you understand yourself and the factors involved in your health, you will be better able to understand, prevent and change those factors that impact your future well-being.

Personalized Care:

Here at Women’s Health Care, we strive to bring a more unique approach to each client’s care plan. This takes more creativity—providing unique options all while maintaining our high safety standards & following evidence-based practice guidelines.  Our goal is to be pioneers in ditching the one size fits all approach in health care and provide you with an exclusive healthcare experience.

Support for All Stages of Women’s Health:

Our providers are experts in the care of women from adolescents to post menopause. Visit us today to experience the difference. 

Our Mission

Women’s Health Care has provided women with midwifery, obstetric and gynecological services in the Tampa Bay area since 1993.  Our mission is to insure women receive comprehensive high quality, cost-effective health care.  Women’s Health Care is owned and operated by Certified Nurse Midwives and our consulting physicians are board certified. We work together to provide the best care for women.

We manage women’s health care with the focus on pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, family planning and gynecological needs of women across the lifespan. We encourage family involvement and promote continuity of care and active participation of women in their own health care and believe that pregnancy is a normal, natural process.

Our Team

Mary O’Meara

 President

History

Mary O’Meara is president of Women’s Health Care and has been a practicing Certified Nurse Midwife in the Tampa Bay area for over 25 years. Mary is originally from County Clare, Ireland, but has called Florida her home since the early 1980’s.  When she is not busy with the practice, Mary enjoys traveling, gardening and yoga. Mary O’Meara is president of Women’s Health Care and has been a practicing Certified Nurse Midwife in the Tampa Bay area for over 25 years.

Susan Waid

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Susan Waid was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a nursing degree and joined the United States Air Force in 1991. She furthered her education and earned a degree as a nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner from Frontier Nursing University and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. She has practiced midwifery since 1997 and has delivered over 1700 babies! She has worked in private practice and as a contractor for both the Air Force and Navy and is relocating here from Virginia where she worked for 7 years as a midwife at Langley Air Force Base. Susan enjoys spending time with her family which includes 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

Kari L Zinkovich

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Kari L Zinkovich, Certified Nurse-Midwife and board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, joined Women’s Health Care in January of 2016. Kari comes to the practice with 5 years of nursing experience from Bayfront Baby Place as a Labor and Delivery RN.  She was born and raised in Florida, and has lived in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for the past 10 years.  Kari received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Tampa where she was a four year varsity softball player. She continued her education at Georgetown University where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing. While in school, Kari completed her clinical hours with the Women’s Health Care group and when asked, the other midwives described Kari as, “kind, compassionate, eager, and fun-loving.”  Kari currently lives in St. Petersburg with her husband and pup, Maddox.  A fun fact about Kari is that her and her husband were both left handed pitchers in college.  In her free time, Kari enjoys attending Rays Baseball games, playing sports, country music concerts, and kayaking.  As a nurse she developed her love for helping women and had the desire to learn more.  Kari’s passion is to care for women throughout the lifespan and when asked what her favorite midwifery quote was she replied, “My life as a midwife is about being an ordinary woman who witnesses everyday miracles.”

Samantha S. Ramkhelawan

Advance Nurse Practitioner

History

Samantha S. Ramkhelawan is licensed as an advanced registered nurse practitioner and board certified as a family nurse practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2010, then continued her education at USF where she achieved a Master of Science degree in 2014. Samantha joined Women’s Health Care in February of 2015. She came with 5 years of labor and delivery nursing experience at Florida Hospital Tampa where she found her love and passion for women’s health. “I feel that as a nurse practitioner, I have the unique opportunity to educate and empower women by improving their health awareness in a compassionate and personalized manner.  I consider it both an honor and a privilege to provide quality healthcare to women.” Born in Long Island, NY, Samantha has been a longtime resident of the Tampa Bay community since 1998. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crafting, photography, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Samantha is excited to be a part of Women’s Health Care and looks forward to serving our wonderful community for the years to come.

Michelle Williams

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Michelle Williams received her Associates of Science in Nursing at Luzerne County College and worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 7 years before completing her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in 2015.  Michelle has been practicing full-scope midwifery and women’s health services for the past year in Pasco County and joined Women’s Health Care in 2016.  Michelle has experienced both in and out of hospital birth and she enjoys helping women to achieve their goal of a satisfying birth experience. She is a member of American College of Nurse Midwives and the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives. Michelle is originally from Pennsylvania, but has lived in Florida for 6 years.  She is married and together she and her husband have 5 children, 4 teenagers and an infant son.  In her free time she loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

Kimberly Kaufmann

Certified Nurse Midwife

History
Kimberly Kaufmann, APRN, CNM, is an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse midwife. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Michigan State University and went on
to receive her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. Kimberly is an experienced clinician, providing antepartum assessment, labor management, deliveries and postpartum care. She is a committed patient educator and supports mothers and babies throughout pregnancy and delivery.

Melinda McRae

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Melinda McRae, CNM is a Tampa native and excited to be part of the Women’s Health Care team. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL in 2012. She was fortunate to begin her career in Labor and Delivery, a specialty she loves, and has worked in various hospitals with a wide range of patient acuity. She earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing specializing in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in late 2017. She was part of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, in both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She joined the Women’s Health Care team in 2018 and provides full scope midwifery care. She enjoys skiing, going to the beach, reading, and spending time with family.

Ana Clavijo

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Ana Clavijo is a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who joined Women’s Health Care in January of 2022. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 2017, and then continued her education at Frontier Nursing University where she achieved her Master of Science in Nursing in 2021. During her Master’s program she had the opportunity to complete her practical experience for school with Women’s Health Care. Ana came to our practice with 6 years of high risk obstetrics and postpartum care experience at Tampa General Hospital, where her love for women’s health began. She is native from Cuba and is fluent in Spanish. She is dedicated to providing each woman she sees with the best care and realizes how powerful educating a woman about her body could be in transforming so many other aspects of their life. When not at work Ana loves to be with her family, travel, and enjoy anything outdoor.

Beth Bramlett

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Beth Bramlett, CNM, was born and raised in Odessa, Florida, just outside of Tampa. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing in 1999 from the University of South Florida before completing her Masters of Nursing degree with a Certification in Midwifery in 2002 from the University of Florida. Beth has been a proud midwife with Women’s Health Care for 15 years and was named the “2017 Certified Nurse Midwife of the Year” for Tampa General Hospital. She has delivered over 3,000 babies in her career and has trained and mentored more than 50 students. Beth has a true love for midwifery and her positive outlook and energy continually inspire those around her. As one recent graduate who trained with Beth explained: “The compassion, knowledge, and evidence-based care she provides grounded my faith in this profession and reminded me that midwifery-led care does positively change the culture of healthcare.” Beth is happily married with four children. When she is not working, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, boating, exercising, and cheering on her kids’ sports teams.

Brenda Marshall

Certified Nurse Midwife

History
Brenda Marshall-Accardi ARNP, MPH is licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner specializing in OB-GYN for the past 30 years. She earned her degrees from S.U.N.Y and became a practitioner in 1986. Moving to Florida from Upstate New York in 1989- Brenda worked as an ARNP in TGH newborn nursery where she perfected the skill of newborn circumcisions. She joined Women’s Health Care in 1993 after earning a M.P.H in maternal/child health at USF. Her jobs skills include gynecologic & obstetric care including pap smears, contraceptive counseling, STI screening and prenatal care. Along with her specialty of performing newborn circumcisions including Bris. Brenda’s hobbies include international travel, cooking, skiing and spending time with her 10 grandchildren.

Karla Smith

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Karla Smith earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wichita State University in 1980. She joined the US Air Force in 1981.  In 1991, Karla graduated from Georgetown University with a Master’s degree in nurse midwifery.  She retired from the Air Force in 1997 as a Major and joined Women’s Health Care.  Karla practices full scope midwifery and has participated in over 3,000 births. Karla’s additional skills include colposcopy, cryotherapy, and newborn circumcision.

Ashley Homan

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Ashley is one of our advanced practice registered nurse, certified nurse midwives who is also certified in lactation counseling. You may meet her in the clinic providing well woman, prenatal, and postpartum care or at the hospital attending deliveries.

In 2011, after her own pregnancy and birth experience attended by midwives Ashley was inspired to pursue a career in nurse-midwifery  While pursuing her education she worked gaining 8 years of experience as a childbirth educator, birth assistant, and RN in birth center and home birth settings. Academically, Ashley completed her nursing undergraduate work with highest honors and was Valedictorian. She went on to complete her graduate work also with highest honors.

Her passion lies in supporting women and families through sacred and transformational times of life. Her hope is that each person she serves feels safe, cared for, and respected as unique individuals.

In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her family and their dog. Some of their hobbies include mountain biking, hiking and paddling Florida’s fresh water rivers.

Ashley feels honored to be a part of the Women’s Health Care family and looks forward to providing care for you.

Hshkeni Richemond

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Hshkeni Richemond joined Women’s Health Care in July 2017. Hshkeni earned a dual degree in Women’s Health and Nurse-Midwifery from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degrees in Nursing from the University of Miami, and a secondary bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State Univeristy. Hshkeni is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She is fluent in Haitian-Creole. Hshskeni enjoys educating women and families; she is a contributor to the Women’s Health Care Blog.

Cyan Walker

Certified Nurse Midwife

History

Cyan Walker is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She was born in Ireland and raised in Chicago. Her interest in women’s health started as a volunteer doula in Chicago. She got her BSN at Columbia University and worked for five years as a labor and delivery nurse. She moved to Tampa with her husband, Warren to be closer to family and received her Masters in Nursing from the University of Tampa. She is so excited to be a part of the Women’s Health Care team and provide high-quality ob/gyn services to the Tampa community. When she’s not doing speculum exams and prenatal visits, she enjoys watching movies in her backyard with her husband and their dog, Joni. 

Carrie Hanson

Advance Nurse Practitioner

History

My name is Carrie Hanson. I first learned about midwives from a friend while in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. My friend described the midwifery philosophy of birth and the support of women in labor. I decided to look into midwifery and when I returned to the States, I read everything I could about it. It complemented my desire to work in a medically-oriented profession, my dedication to women’s health, and my confidence in natural healing. I received my undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 in midwifery. The first baby I ever caught was a beautiful baby girl born in a birth center in Pennsylvania. The mother was a 40-year-old university professor who was so strong, so confident and so positive. She never let me doubt that things would go well. I was so lucky to be with her for my first experience and I will always be thankful to her. After the baby was born, I remember driving home at the crack of dawn thinking, “Wow a baby was born! Doesn’t anyone else realize what just happened? A BABY WAS JUST BORN!!!” It has been 23 years since that time and in those years; I have delivered many, many babies. I have cared for women from many different backgrounds and participated in many different labors. I am continually amazed and impressed by the birth process and the strength women have to birth their babies. I love the challenge of working with women who have high-risk pregnancies and I celebrate the normal. I am originally from Wisconsin and have spent the majority of my life in the Midwest. I am married to Sam and I have 2 sons, Nicholas and Alexander. They are an experienced midwife-family and are quite familiar with what my life passion and work entails. They are supportive and fascinated by what I do. We are all very excited to start a new chapter of our lives in Tampa.

Areas of Expertise:

VBAC

 

 

Trial of Labor after Cesarean (TOLAC)

At Women’s Health Care we believe that all women deserve a Trial of Labor after Cesarean (TOLAC). A TOLAC is the attempt to have a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery.  We are pleased to say that we have a 80%  success rate for our Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). Tampa General Hospital has one of the lowest rates of cesareans in the area.

VBAC

VBAC is a safe alternative to a routine repeat cesarean. If you have a healthy pregnancy, have a low horizontal scar on the uterus and go into labor on your own at term you have about a 80% chance that you and your baby will have a safe normal birth. We are proud that this number is well above the national average of 70%.

BENEFITS OF TOLAC

 A successful TOLAC is associated with the following benefits:

  • No abdominal surgery
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less blood loss

RESOURCES

If you want to have more children, VBAC may help you avoid problems linked to multiple cesarean deliveries, such as hysterectomy, bowel or bladder injury, and problems with the placenta.

http://www.vbac.com/

http://www.ican-online.org/

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Phone

(813) 258-3309

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