Nicole has traveled around the world delivering babies, as well as teaching and working with foreign midwife teams. Her most recent projects were in Haiti and Uganda. Click on the country names below to read blog posts from her travels there.
She depart in December of 2015 to practice midwifery at a Syrian refugee camp(s) in Lisbon, Greece. Click here to contribute and read about about Nicole's Greece efforts.
ARTICLE FROM Chelsea Standard FEBRUARY 16th, 2012 By Sheila Pursglove Special Writer
Chelsea native Nicole White, is headed to Haiti for seven weeks, to volunteer with Midwives for Haiti. The organization educates Haitian women in the training necessary to provide skilled birth assistance and prenatal care, in a country that has the highest infant and maternal mortality in the western hemisphere.
Haiti is not White’s first trip overseas – she spent a few months traveling in Central America and spent two months in Guatemala, where she met local midwives. “Meeting these women really planted the seed for wanting to be a midwife,” she said. “We’ve all been born, it’s the one thing regardless of religion, race, class, that we all share. It’s such a simple and beautiful idea that birth connects us all.”
She was intrigued to learn that her great-great-grandmother, Fannie Bush, had been a midwife. “I didn’t know this until years into my training as a midwife,” she said.
Always interested in international work, White felt drawn to Haiti after reading “Mountains beyond Mountains,” about the work of Paul Farmer, United Nations deputy special envoy to Haiti and one of the founders of one of the founders of the international health organization Partners In Health.
“The space in my life and midwifery practice opened up and I decided to take the leap and volunteer for a few months. I’m looking forward to it,” White said.
After graduating from Chelsea High School in 1994, White traveled around the country, finally landing in Austin, Texas, where she attended school to study Massage Therapy. After graduating, she worked as a massage therapist and began a journey into birth work.
“I began attending births in 2001 at St. Elizabeth’s in San Francisco, a group home for pregnant teens who were wards of the state,” she said.
She then worked with homebirth midwife practices in Santa Cruz, Calif., Ann Arbor, and Traverse City, finally ending her clinical training at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, Texas.
“I feel grateful to have been apprenticed trained in both homebirth and clinical settings,’ she said.
She plans to eventually work in an urban area in the United States. “I feel drawn to Detroit – I’m dreaming up a birth center there,” she said.
A certified professional midwife, White earned the CPM designation by taking a certification exam, demonstrating hands-on skills, and attending a certain number of births in an assist and primary capacity. There is a move to license Certified Professional Midwives in Michigan, with a HB currently in the Michigan Legislature. (Update HB 4598 passed the Michigan House, on December 3rd, 2015)
White is the daughter of CHS Varsity boy’s basketball coach Robin Raymond and the late Jan Raymond, who died seven years ago.“My amazing, inspiring and beautiful late mother still fuels me, specifically in my pursuit to help mother and babies have a happy and healthy beginning,” she said. “She was fierce in her love for us and I was blessed to be mothered by her.”
For more information, visit midwivesforhaiti.org or White’s website at birthmidwifery.com.