Guzmán, Yesenia

  • Yesenia Guzmán is in her last year of midwifery school at Bastyr University, where she will earn a Master of Science in Midwifery. Her calling to midwifery came through the amazing experience of her own pregnancy and homebirth. Yesenia hopes to empower the communities she serves using the midwifery model of care. She has apprenticed with Health Foundations in St. Paul, MN, San Antonio Birth Center in San Antonio, TX and is currently finishing up at Mount Vernon Birth Center in Mount Vernon, WA. The challenging journey of being a student midwife inspired Yesenia to use her Master’s capstone project to look at new ways to finance midwifery education and get midwives to communities in need. CPM inclusion in the National Health Service Corps, which exchanges scholarship or loan repayment funds for service in Health Professional Shortage Areas is part of the language of House bill 5807, MOMS (Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services) for the 21st Century Act, introduced into congress in 2010 by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. Should this bill become law, it will be important to understand the issues involved in implementing CPM inclusion. Yesenia has been investigating the obstacles and researching various solutions for her Master’s capstone project. She is grateful for the grant from the Bastyr University Center for Student Research which allows her the opportunity to present her findings.