photo credit: Dick Kennedy

photo credit: Dick Kennedy

Midwifery in the Mountains

Now retired, Lisa Goldstein has been attending home births since 1958. Her three sons were born at home. She has lived in the western North Carolina mountains since the early 1970s and in 1983 became North Carolina's only legal non-nurse midwife. In the 1990s, she became an RN and then completed the CNEP program for nurse-midwifery, becoming a CNM in 1998. She most recently worked at Bakersville Community Medical Clinic, as well as her own office, The Fern Kingham Memorial Women's Health Center and Birth Apartment. She attended births at home, the birth apartment and Spruce Pine Community Hospital as well as providing well woman health care which included yearly pelvic exams and pap tests. Lisa also incorporated her knowledge of herbal and homeopathic remedies into her midwifery practice.

Lisa retired from active midwifery practice in August 2014.