Berenice (Bea) Rowell, RM., LM., CPM.
Born and raised in England, UK., I had always dreamed of being a midwife but it wasn’t until 2002, after 2 disappointing birth experiences, that I went ahead with the dream. I completed my Midwifery Degree with Bournemouth University and worked with a hospital/home birth team before coming to Tampa to join the Labor of Love family in December 2006.
As much as all pregnancy/labor/birth care is given by midwives in the UK I still found the hospital protocols too constricting to enable me to fully support the pregnant/laboring woman in what can be the most vulnerable time of their lives. I wanted to empower women and have them be in charge of their own informed choices as to how they bring their children in to this world. Practicing in the Birth Center environment, I am able to discuss with families their choices and plans and expect to support and fulfill their wishes.
Having proudly served our families, 24/7, for more than 12 years, I am now happy to be taking a step back from clinical practice to focus more on the administrative level and make space for the younger midwives to stamp their mark 🙂