Meet the Midwife
Joy Harris, BSN, RN, CPM, LM
I have been a registered nurse since 2005 and a licensed midwife since 2010. I've journeyed from working in a busy hospital Labor and Delivery unit to living and working internationally for 6 years where I did volunteer work as a midwife, trained and taught new midwives and midwifery students, and served the local communities doing primary healthcare and disaster relief work. Since 2014 I've been back in the States and involved in midwifery - primarily in home birth and occasionally in small birthing center settings.
As a midwife with a nursing background, I strive to provide holistic and individualized care without forgetting my nursing roots. I believe passionately in the beauty and power of women birthing outside of the hospital with healthy uncomplicated pregnancies while also valuing the need for and the place of the medical system and hospital in complicated high risk pregnancies.
I live and am based in Los Lunas. Areas of service include South of Belen through Bosque Farms, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the East Mountains.
- BSN from the University of New Mexico in 2005.
- Over 3 years of experience in a busy Labor and Delivery Unit as well as a on a Maternal Special Care Unit for high risk/complicated pregnancies.
- CPM/LM through the National College of Midwifery in 2010.
- Over 10 years of experience working as a midwife both in the States and Internationally.
- Over 4 years experience training/teaching new midwives and midwife students.
- CPR Certified since 2003 - renewed every two years.
- NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certified since 2004 and an NRP instructor/teacher since 2008.
In 2015 I married the man who had started chasing me and set his sights on me in 2008 - despite the many challenges of my international travels and living for a large portion of those years overseas.
In 2017 we welcomed our firstborn daughter who was born at home with two amazing midwives present. A beautiful water-birth and my husband got to catch her!
In 2018 we were surprised to discover at my 20 week ultrasound that I was pregnant not with one baby as we'd expected, but with TWINS! Our boy/girl twin's birth stories were quite different than our eldest's. My plan transitioned from a home-birth to a hospital birth. They were born at the local hospital with an amazing doctor who researched with us and supported us in choosing to have a breech/breech vaginal birth rather than a c-section. It was quite a different experience from a home birth but, all-in-all, it was the best experience I could have hoped for having two babies inside me who had been determined to NOT be head-down my entire pregnancy.
My life at present is busy juggling all that motherhood to three young kids brings, but I am thankful and blessed to be able to incorporate my roots and love for midwifery into my life with the encouragement and support of my husband and the help of my kid's amazing grandmas!
My practice is currently small because of my family life and I typically only accept 1-3 clients a month.