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Experts Corner

Pregnancy / Childbirth / Women's Health

Donna Harvel Balo ARNP, CNM, MS
Certified Nurse-Midwife

Donna BaloDonna Harvel Balo ARNP, CNM, MS graduated with a Bachelor of Arts major in Business from Western Illinois University. Her associates Degree in Nursing is from Daytona Beach Community College. She attended the Institute of Midwifery Women and Health for her midwifery degree and received her Master of Science in Midwifery from Philadelphia University.

She says, "My fascination with pregnancy and birth began during my first pregnancy; I read every book I could get my hands on. My awe about birth continued through my second and third pregnancies. I felt I had something to offer, and a knowledge I wanted to share with other couples. I began teaching childbirth education for a local consumer based group. While at my first International Childbirth Educators Association (ICEA) conference I learned that I could become a midwife. I gave birth to another baby and slowly started taking the prerequisites I would need to get into nursing school. Becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) has been a slow process, because I worked on it while I was raising my children. They have always been my first priority. After becoming a registered nurse (RN), I worked in labor and delivery for a couple of years. I then started midwifery school and also completed my Masters of Science in Midwifery."

Upon receiving her certification, she worked for a midwife owned and operated free-standing birth center, doing birth center and hospital births, until its closing. In March 2003 she and another midwife (Susan Vaughen) opened the doors for a non-profit corporation: A Woman's Touch in HealthCare, Inc. to provide midwifery care. They provided well women exams as well as care for women during pregnancy.

Donna adds, "Education is a priority of ours. In fact, we require our clients to take our childbirth prep classes. We began an informal free New Mom/New Baby Gathering that meets twice a month. It is a place for moms to mingle and share the joys and challenges of motherhood, get breastfeeding assistance, and professional help and advice from CNMs and RNs. We are particularly interested in educating the public about midwifery and also reaching out to teens and immigrants."

Donna was born and raised in Illinois. She lives with her husband and four children in Florida. She was also an adjunct clinical instructor at DBCC for obstetrics/women's health nursing students.

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