About The Author

Andrea Altomaro

Andrea Altomaro MS, CNM, IBCLC has been nurse-midwife since 2012 and is currently working for the Henry Ford Health System. Andrea knew from a young age that she was interested in pregnancy and birth, and decided to become a nurse. When she learned about the role of certified nurse midwives when she was in nursing school, she knew she had found her path.

Andrea graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and from the University of Michigan with a Master’s Degree in Science for Nurse-Midwifery. She practices full-scope midwifery care at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

“I’m so grateful for all the families that allow me into their lives during their pregnancies and birthing times. It is so special to see the strength, power, and grace of the birthing person as they bring their babies into the world.”

In the Blink of an Eye
In the Blink of an Eye
by Andrea Altomaro | May 01, 2022
As our midwives are reeling in the wake of the train crash, they are able to lean on one another for support as they band together to help the walking wounded.
The Call to Midwifery
The Call to Midwifery
by Andrea Altomaro | April 25, 2022
This episode spoke straight to my heart. It reminded me of why nursing and midwifery has been my passion for so many years.
A Midwife’s Loss, and A Child’s Bravery
A Midwife’s Loss, and A Child’s Bravery
by Andrea Altomaro | April 17, 2022
This week had two hard-hitting topics: abuse and pregnancy loss. This blog post will discuss both, so please exercise caution and consider skipping if this is too difficult to read about.
The Transformative Power of Birth and Parenting
The Transformative Power of Birth and Parenting
by Andrea Altomaro | April 10, 2022
Birth is always a transformative event. It can evoke the happiest emotions, or it can cause someone to relive a previous trauma.
No One Dies Alone on Our Watch
No One Dies Alone on Our Watch
by Andrea Altomaro | April 05, 2022
Seeing the compassion, love, and drive of the staff at Nonnatus house might not take away the mental exhaustion of working and parenting during a pandemic, but it does inspire me to keep on going.
The Importance of Trust in Health Care
The Importance of Trust in Health Care
by Andrea Altomaro | March 27, 2022
Midwives, nurses, and doctors are humans, too, and we are wrong sometimes. Being able to admit that, and then taking steps to rectify the situation are paramount to maintaining trust.
The Weight of Grief
The Weight of Grief
by Andrea Altomaro | March 20, 2022
Despite the passage of time, grief never goes away. It might be quieted in moments, moved from the forefront of one’s mind, over to the side, or tucked away in a corner, but it is always there.
A Call to Action
A Call to Action
by Andrea Altomaro | May 26, 2020
Trixie's words echoed down to the generations of midwives before her and the ones after her, and all to all of the health care providers who work with vulnerable, underserved populations.
I Believe in You
I Believe in You
by Andrea Altomaro | May 11, 2020
Here’s to Call the Midwife for accurately representing the work of midwives, bringing the knowledge of the midwifery model of care to the mainstream. Happy Nurses Week!
Surviving Trauma as a Health Care Provider
Surviving Trauma as a Health Care Provider
by Andrea Altomaro | May 04, 2020
I may feel overwhelmed, stretched in every direction between all of my responsibilities, but I’m so grateful for the mental escape each week as I tune in to Call the Midwife.
Midwifing the Soul’s Transitions
Midwifing the Soul’s Transitions
by Andrea Altomaro | April 27, 2020
Birth and death, the great transitions in life, hold such significance in the lives of the bystanders.
The Midwife’s Role as Educator
The Midwife’s Role as Educator
by Andrea Altomaro | April 20, 2020
I feel a sense of satisfaction each week after taking in a new episode of Call the Midwife when I can relate to the experiences of the midwives of Nonnatus House, and this week was no exception.