Mandesa Smith has a wonderful passion for women’s health and babies and is an adored member of our team of certified nurse midwives here in Cary. She can easily light up a room with her infectious energy. A lifetime learner, Mandesa has several degrees and doesn’t plan on stopping. Join us as we delve a little deeper into her life and what called her to practice midwifery.

What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from NC State University

Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology from NC State University

EMT-Basic from Wake Tech while I was at NCSU

Accelerated RN from ECU

Masters in Certified Nurse Midwifery from ECU

I start my Doctor of Nursing Practice at ECU this fall.

Why did you decide to become a midwife?
I have always been interested in women’s health more so in obstetrics. A classmate from my Anatomy and Physiology class at NCSU, Becky Till, introduced me to midwifery. I loved the fact that the midwifery model respected the woman’s natural life cycle. Plus, birth is seen as a beautiful, natural event in a woman’s life and not a medical case that requires multiple interventions.

What is your favorite part of being a midwife?
I enjoy caring for women and I love catching babies. Women spend a lot of time caring for others and do not spend enough time caring for themselves. This is why every woman needs a midwife. Seeing life being brought into this world by our phenomenal women is magical from beginning to the end and amazes me every time.

What brought you to Baby+Company?
Since I learned about midwifery I have been interested in out of hospital birth. I came to Baby+Company because it is a practice ran by midwives, it is a freestanding birth center, and it is a welcoming place for all.

What are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud of multiple things.

I am proud to be an independent, successful, young woman that strives to be the best (I have my parents, Mr. Colin Smith and Mrs. Pam Smith, to thank for this).

I am proud of the positive impact I have had on the women I have interacted with at Baby+Company.  There is a lot of trust, love and friendship. I am there for them and they are there for me.

at mini (4)I am also proud to finally own a Mini Cooper S hardtop named Seraphina. I have wanted one for a very long time and my dream finally came true due to my hard work and determination.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would like to learn how to do basic ultrasounds and first assist during a cesarean birth. Being able to do a basic ultrasound is a good skill to have just in case something needs to be assessed in a timely fashion. I would like to learn how to first assist, so I can be more useful to my clients that end up with a cesarean birth.

What’s your favorite saying?
I don’t really have one but I do like my t shirt that says “Do what you love. Love what you do.”

What’s the best advice you have for future and expecting parents?
Do your research and make sure you use sound resources with strong evidence (Wikipedia and Google do not count).

Look at the statistics for the healthcare facilities in your area before you make a decision about where to receive care.

Describe a perfect day in your world.
Relaxing on a sunny tropical paradise eating delicious food with my supportive husband, Derek.

If you could travel one place in the world, where would it be?
I would like to travel to a part of Africa where I can view an African Safari. Where specifically I am not sure. In addition, it would be cool to provide some midwifery services over there as well.