Meet Colleen Brown, A.P.N.P., Maternity Care Provider | UW Medicine

COLLEEN BROWN: I think that taking care of women in one of the most exciting but also vulnerable times in their life, scary times in their life, is really a gift To be able to work with them over the course of nine months and now, in maternal fetal medicine, adding a layer of high-risk nature to that pregnancy really changes the ballgame for a lot of women and so I just enjoy being a partner and part of their team

In a way, I've been a nurse my entire life I've helped my mother to manage her own diabetes and multiple sclerosis And when I got to the point where I was making decisions about my own career and path, my head was telling me one direction, but my heart was really leading me in another And I've– again, I just feel like I've truly always been a nurse and a nurse practitioner My patient smiles, the tears and the hugs that I mentioned that I share on a daily basis, I feel fortunate and grateful for them

They have become my family because I am not originally from the Seattle area And so as happy and sad as I can be on a day-to-day basis, I enjoy walking that life with them I love making people feel beautiful So if there's a way that I can bring that out from someone as a provider and just help them feel as good as possible on a day-to-day basis, again, I feel like I'm doing good work and becoming more than just a nurse practitioner, but their friend as well

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