Margaret Strickhouser

May 7, 2011 Ashley 0 comments

Margaret StrickhouserMargaret is the Founder and Director of Midwife Services for Intown Midwifery, LLC. In more than a quarter of a century practicing as a nurse-midwife, she has made it her goal to remain the never tiring health advocate for her patients. Margaret was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, the only girl in a family of 5 children. Her hobby as a child was reading. Biographies were her favorite, and she always loved reading about how others had changed the world. Her medical career began in high school as a teenage candy striper in the hospital where she was born. Not sure where her future would take her, she took a test at the guidance center that told her she had “a mechanical mind and a great eye for design” and concluded that she should design washing machines. Confused and frustrated, she asked to take the nursing test instead and passed with flying colors. Margaret received her BS in nursing in ‘67 from a joint degree program at St Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC and Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC.

After working for one year as an operating room nurse, she decided to return to school to pursue her master’s in maternal and child health a Emory University, a subject she was intuitively drawn to. After completion of the program, she remained in Atlanta and worked at Grady Memorial Hospital as a liaison nurse for the Maternal and Infant Health Care Project where she cared for and helped case manage high risk obstetrical patients. In 1971, she went to work in the labor & delivery, nursery and postpartum units of Holy Family Hospital. The hospital was founded by the Mission Sisters of Mercy, had nurse-midwives, and at the time was only place in Atlanta where fathers could be present in the delivery room. It was not long after working there that Margaret sensed her hands were meant to do more- catch babies! She left Atlanta to pursue certification as a nurse-midwife at Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York in Brooklyn.

In 1978, after working several years as a CNM in Kentucky, Margaret joined Atlanta’s first midwifery practice at Douglas General Hospital in Douglasville. Women drove from all directions to deliver with the nurse-midwives in a home-like atmosphere, because at that time there were no nurse-midwives delivering in hospitals and no LDR’s in Atlanta. Women labored in labor rooms and then were moved to delivery room for delivery. In 1991, Margaret moved to North Fulton Hospital where she continued to serve families from across the metro Atlanta area who wanted access to birthing options and midwifery care. In 1999, Margaret became one of the first obstetrical providers in metro Atlanta to offer waterbirth as a safe method of delivery for low-risk women in a hospital setting and has continued ever since. She knows that her dream of changing the world has come true through the 5,000+ healthy babies she has delivered.

Margaret is also a 2nd Degree Reiki practitioner, loves to garden, and is a volunteer puppy raiser with Canine Companions for Independance, that trains service dogs for people with all types of disabilities but blindness in her spare time.

Image by Simple Pleasure Photography by Kim Holderfield 

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