We’re pleased to share an interview with Margaret Buxton, our Clinical Director. Margaret has worked with Nashville moms and babies for over 12 years, and we are beyond lucky to work alongside such a wise and caring woman! When she is not busy caring for families here at the center, she is busy at home with her own four children. Here’s her story…
An Interview with Margaret Buxton, CNM, DNP
What is your educational background?
I went to nursing school and during that time apprenticed with a home birth midwife, falling in love with midwifery instantly. After I graduated, I attended Vanderbilt School of Nursing for my graduate midwifery education. In 2012 I went back to school (again!) for my Doctorate in Nursing Practice, with a focus on improving maternity care through birth centers.
Why did you decide to become a midwife?
When I attended my first birth (a home birth) I was captivated. My heart, mind, body, and soul were all equally consumed with this journey that I witnessed and I knew there was nothing else I could do with my life – I was ruined for all other careers! I’ve never regretted any moment and never looked back.
What is your favorite part of being a midwife?
I love the moment when parents meet their baby for the first time. I am always moved and my heart swells with gratitude every time – it is truly a joy to be a witness to this precious moment.
What brought you to Baby+Company?
After graduation, I started my midwifery career in a free standing birth center, and while I am tremendously grateful for my 12 years in hospital based practice that followed that first job, I knew I wanted to get back to this setting. Baby+Company came along just in time!
What are you most proud of in your life?
My children are a great sense of joy and pride for me – each unique and growing in their own gifts. They teach me, keep me humble, make me laugh, and fill me up.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to learn how to be a master gardener. I love digging in the dirt, planting things, and patiently waiting for them to grow and bloom. There is so much to know about gardening and plants! I wish I could spend the time to learn it all.
What’s your favorite saying?
What’s the best advice you have for future and expecting parents?
Be flexible and know that your children come pre-wired with distinct personality and proclivities. Don’t beat yourself up too much when things are hard, and don’t self-congratulate too much when things are easy.
Describe a perfect day in your world.
Wake up, walk my kids to school, tend to my plants outside, eat lunch with a friend, take a nap, pick my kids up, eat a yummy dinner, head off to the birth center to help a new little one into the world, and tuck into bed late at night spent and happy.
If you could travel one place in the world, where would it be?
I want to go to Ireland and explore my family roots.