Alumni Showcase: Sarah Bradbury '05
2005 alumna Sarah Bradbury works to provide care and attend births as an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She launched Serenity Birthing Services in 2010 and is currently the COO of a tech startup called [M]otherboard Birth, which specializes in childbirth education and support.
Sarah majored in nursing at Morningside as an undergraduate, then continued her education with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Nurse-Midwifery, as well as a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. She explains that she has always loved science and knew she wanted to work in a medical or nursing field early in her life.
Sarah held a job as a certified nurse assistant while in high school, then continued working at MercyOne during her time at Morningside. While Sarah liked the idea of midwifery, at the time, there was not much opportunity to gain experience in the specialty in the Sioux City area. However, during her senior year of undergraduate study, she was able to do clinicals with a midwife in Norfolk, Neb. She found her calling and eventually moved to Des Moines, Iowa, to join a practice at Broadlawns Medical Center.
There are challenges to the life of a nurse/midwife, such as regularly being on call and balancing the highs and lows of the job. Despite that, Sarah expresses that “it is a challenge but also an honor to serve people through those journeys.” Sarah’s long-term goals are to provide women, families, new midwives, and other students with evidence-based options and education as they pursue the birth or care they desire. She also noted that she has enjoyed having the opportunity to catch a few future Mustangs for fellow alumni.
Sarah’s advice for people interested in nursing or being a midwife is, "Be constantly curious. Observe everything. Learn to really listen to your parents and their families. Regardless of the capacity in which you serve others, you have to discover what they truly need and want before you can provide the best, evidence-based care.”