Meet Melissa E. Zarych, CNM, WHNP-BC
Hospital: Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Undergraduate: Muhlenberg College; Georgetown University
Graduate: University of Pennsylvania
Board Certifications: American Midwifery Certification Board, National Certification Corporation
Languages: English, basic Spanish
Why did you choose your specialty? What inspired you to pursue this career path?
From an early age, I was fascinated by the concept of pregnancy -- a person giving birth to another. This led me to gather all the information I could about women and infants and eventually my passion turned into a career.
What is your care philosophy?
Women and their families deserve safe, compassionate, evidence-based care regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status.
What brought you to the Maryland / DC area?
I moved to the DC area to start nursing school at Georgetown University and to be closer to my family.
Why did you choose to join Simmonds, Martin & Helmbrecht?
I wanted to work for a practice that honors the belief that every woman deserves to choose the type of care that is right for her. I value the collaboration between doctors and midwives that Simmonds, Martin & Helmbrecht has made an integral part of the practice. I am glad to be part of a team that works hard to provide the best care possible.
What improvements to women’s health care have you seen since you began working?
Women are starting to feel more empowered to ask questions -- about their bodies, their health and their options. They are also beginning to research care on their own and advocate for themselves and their families in the healthcare setting.
What is the biggest misconception about your field?
The biggest misconception about midwives is that we only care for pregnant women and only attend births at home. In reality, we care for women of all ages and attend births in many settings, including hospitals across the country.
What is your best advice for staying healthy?
Laugh as often as you can, preferably with others.
If I wasn’t a midwife, I’d be…?
Sleeping more! Or perhaps working with animals.