Bio: Lisa Sherwood,CNM
Lisa Sherwood started her Midwifery practice as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner in 2000. Upon graduating from the University of Southern California in 1999, with a Master’s Degree in Nursing, she became certified in both disciplines of Midwifery and Women’s health care. Her journey began years before, as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 20 years, initially under the mentorship of a midwife from New Zealand and years later with her formal education.
Her fascination with and deep love for birth grew over the years as she cared for women during the birth process and gained a respect and admiration of the innate strength of the women she served. She observed that when women were supported through the birth process and afforded freedom of movement in labor, choice of positions for labor and birth, and their birth space was kept peaceful and calm, their births unfolded more quickly, easily, and with less intervention. At the same time, she saw a trend toward increased medical intervention including continuous fetal monitoring, limited eating and drinking in labor, frequent use of regional anaesthesia, and an increase in the use of oxytocin to initiate and hasten labor progress. As a result, women were removed more and more from active participation in the labor and birth process and there was a dramatic rise in the use of anaesthesia and operative birth.
As one of the original co-founders of Beach Cities Midwifery and Women’s Health Care, Lisa initially attended births at a small birth center within San Clemente Community Hospital. She later transitioned to providing care at South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach for over six years. Upon the closure of it’s obstetrical department in May of 2008, Lisa moved to Phoenix Arizona to continue in providing hospital childbirth to women. In December 2014, she was invited to join The Orange Coast Women’s Medical Group when they saw the desire for midwifery care from their patients. She has been with them since February, 2015 and was the first midwife to obtain hospital privileges at the Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. During the past year, she has caught close to one hundred babies!
Lisa is passionate about maintaining birth as a normal, physiologic process that needs to be supported. She believes the woman’s birth space needs to be a sacred, safe space where a woman can relax, allow her body to work as it was designed, and the birthing family can emerge from the process feeling encouraged, respected, and cared for with compassion through the process. She is dedicated to providing individualized care to women in a hospital setting, affording women and their families to utilize their health insurance for care, receive emergency services, and experience a seamless transition if medical care is indicated. Thus, the midwife stays with the woman throughout the process.
She is grateful to the many women who have entrusted their care to her during a vulnerable and amazing time in their lives and looks forward to learning more every day from the incredible women she shares pregnancy and birth with.
When not practicing as a Midwife, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and best friend of 32 years, Steve, their two adult children, their lovely daughter-in-law and the blessing of their first grandchild arriving in March, 2017. She enjoys all types of art, especially working with glass, working out, and enjoying time with her extended family and friends.