Sharon Foster, CNM
Sharon is the mother of three, grandmother of three “beautiful little ones”, and wife for 37 years. She has always worked with women during pregnancy, labor, and birth and has provided women’s health care for young ladies as well as those aging gracefully. Not only did she grow up in Wichita but she raised her family here.. As the oldest of 5, she often found herself in nurturing roles with both her younger siblings as well as those younger than her in her youth group. “I have learned to be more patient with others through being a mother and a midwife. My mom always said “patience is a virtue”.
In 1997, after being a nurse, educator, and manager for a several years she was lead into midwifery. She states “I was laid off after a hospital merger and discovered that becoming an advanced practice nurse and midwife was my calling”. In 1999, she graduated from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing with a certificate in nurse-midwifery. She also has a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wichita State University. She is involved in professional activities having served as President of the Kansas Affiliate, American College of Nurse-Midwives for 6 years. She also supports activities of the Kansas Advanced Practice Nurses Association as a board member and the Wichita Birth Alliance, as secretary.
Sharon had hospital privileges at the Wichita hospitals for 17 years and was employed by a OB/GYN physician group. She states that she is privileged to have assisted in 1370 births during that time, with more than half of those women having natural births. “I love working with families, doulas and Bradley couples, as my philosophy is it that it takes a team to support women in labor.”
The Lord had another exciting plan for Sharon in 2016 when she began working with the midwives and staff at Wichita Birth Assistance. This afforded her the opportunity to begin providing midwifery services to women having a home births. Birth is a blessed, beautiful, life changing event to be honored in any setting.” She will also be providing well woman care to women of all ages at the Andover office.