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About La Shel Montgomery

Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife
La Shel has been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2003 and a registered nurse since 1998. After earning an RN degree, she invested six years as a labor and delivery, postpartum, NICU and ER nurse at many local San Diego hospitals. As a certified nurse-midwife, she has attended and/or delivered over 1000 babies in a variety of settings from hospital and birth centers to homes. She is recognized and licensed by both the California Board of Registered Nursing and the American College of Nurse Midwives.

 

 

 

La Shel's studies include:

  • • Four year program, earning an Associates Degree in Nursing, Palomar College

  • • Two year program, earning a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and Public Health, University of Phoenix

  • • Three year graduate level program, earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing & Midwifery, NY State University

 

La Shel’s background and experience:
La Shel has been involved in the world of birth since 1995. She realized at a young age that she had a passion for working with women, infants and families. After earning an RN degree, she invested six years as a labor and delivery, postpartum, and NICU nurse at many local San Diego hospitals. Her journey to midwifery began with the homebirth of her second child. La Shel say’s, “That’s when I realized the importance of a woman’s choice to birth in the setting she chooses.”

It was a pivotal experience in her life and it led her to graduate school where she earned her master’s degree in nursing, specializing in midwifery, obstetrics and gynecology. Prior to and following her graduation, she spent long hours working at the busy Best Start birth center in San Diego providing midwifery services to women across the county.

As a certified nurse-midwife, she has attended and/or delivered hundreds of babies in a variety of settings from hospital and birth centers to homes. She has had many opportunities to work with a variety of pregnancy and birth related issues including VBAC’s, twins and gestational diabetic mothers. La Shel is highly skilled in administering IV’s and suturing all degrees of perineal tears that sometimes occur during birth. Her philosophy is one of “non-interference and personal empowerment through informed choice.”

La Shel spends her time at prenatal visits addressing questions and educating her clients on all aspects of birth, nutrition, family centered holistic health care and helping expecting Mom’s discover their own inherent power and natural ability in giving birth.

“I have been providing both homebirth and Doula/Monatrice services in San Diego since 2003. I believe that every woman deserves the birth of her dreams and I am determined to help make that happen for any one who chooses my services, whether it be in a home or hospital. Birth is a natural physiological event and not a medical emergency. I believe that an educated woman who is allowed to choose her birth setting and is supported in her choices will always have the most positive outcome”.

Midwifery is more than a course study…more than a learned art…more than a holistic practice. It is an honor and a privilege to sit by a laboring woman’s side and watch the mysterious wonder of life unfold. Birth can profoundly transform and renew a woman, strengthen her faith in herself and deepen her identity.

Certifications:

  • • Board certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Certification Council

  • • OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner

  • • Member of American College of Nurse Midwives

  • • Licensed and recognized by the California Board of Registered Nursing

  • • Certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

  • • Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation

  • • Certified in Prenatal, Postpartum, and Mommy & Me Yoga Instruction


La Shel is the mother of three beautiful children: Savannah (1995) born in the hospital, Brandon (2000) born at home, and Blake (2001) born in water at home.

 

Please contact La Shel with any questions you may have or to schedule your free consultation:

La Shel Montgomery CNM, MSN

Tel (760) 213-7384

lashel@sandiegomidwife.com