Debbie Cox originally sought her master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of California-Berkley, but her love of children compelled her to a career as a midwife.
On August 31, the dedicated California midwife delivered her 5,000th baby after 25 years on the job, Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center reports.
Motivated by a friend, “I went through the classes with her and at the birth was amazed by the power of the body and the midwife’s role. So I decided to go back to school and start all over again,” Cox said.
Cox said she had to pursue second master’s degree to be able to practice as a midwife, on top of the challenges of raising her own children. She was so dedicated that she went back to midwife classes just 10 days after giving birth to her second child, according to the report.
Nurse-midwifery is a concept dating back to the 1920s; the profession is credited with the reduction of both infant and maternal mortality, low birth weights and premature births, and the profession often serves vulnerable and underserved populations who are more likely to have various complications from pregnancy, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
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Cox’s dedication to delivering healthy babies into the world is worth celebrating. Through her work, she has given thousands of babies and their moms a better chance to live and thrive.
“I consider it an honor to be part of that incredibly special event,” Cox said. “I am a person who likes and needs to help others, and birth is certainly a time when people are in need.”
The care that she dedicates to moms and babies, both born and unborn, is one that should be modeled by all of society – whether through their careers or simply through the acknowledgement that every baby deserves the same loving treatment and care.