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Alumni Highlight: Darcy Lucey
Darcy Lucey, MSN, CNM, FNP earned her post-master’s certificate in Midwifery at the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University. She is in practice at Mat-Su Midwifery, a nationally accredited birth center in Wasilla, Alaska founded in 1987 by Judy Davidson, CPM.
Darcey says, “Philadelphia University prepared me well for my current practice. They teach the skills and knowledge needed to practice in a safe and professional manner, but without losing the overriding view that birth is a natural and healthy process, and intervention used inappropriately only interferes with this process. One of the best parts of the program for me was the time spent together in Philadelphia. My classmates and I developed a very close bond, especially for a distance program, and this was accomplished through the time spent together learning from each other and sharing our experiences. We are still in contact and I can say I count many of them as close friends, even though we live thousands of miles apart.”
When asked what advice she would give to aspiring midwives, she answered, “Always hang on to the reason we choose midwifery to begin with - providing the best care possible to women. During the long hours and difficult deliveries, the love you have for these women is what will sustain you. Always remember that midwives have a responsibility to keep birth as safe and natural as it can be. Stay up on the research and listen to those with experience as you grow in your practice. Remember to always be "with woman" no matter where your career takes you.”