In 1975, Linda McHale unexpectedly began her midwifery journey by catching her neighbor’s baby following a precipitous labor. After joining a labor support group run by two obstetric RNs, she completed an apprenticeship and began to practice as a Licensed Midwife in Texas. However, when she moved back to her home state of New Jersey, she found it was illegal for her to practice. McHale earned the CPM credential through the Experienced Midwife route in 1995 and then worked to make licensure available to MEAC-trained CPMs in New Jersey. She has served on the MANA board as the Northeast Representative and also as their fundraising chair. She now sits on MANA’s Advisory Council of Elders. For more information on Linda McHale, visit http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Linda-McHale/57733605.
This Midwife of the Week post was written by Valerie Meharg. It originated on FoMM’s Facebook page and is archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!