Sarah LaGrand MSN, CNM
Before starting midwifery services at Advanced Ob-Gyn in January 2015, Sarah spent a year at The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health in Pittsburgh, providing full-scope midwifery care and attending births at The Midwife Center (an independent out-of-hospital birth center) and at UPMC Mercy hospital. She also worked as a labor and delivery nurse in Grand Rapids for 19 years. Sarah earned her BSN from Grand Valley State University in 1994 and her MSN from Frontier Nursing University in 2013. Her midwifery and nursing experience have given her a unique perspective on the normalcy of pregnancy and birth, as well as on the appropriate use of interventions.
Sarah grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa as the child of missionaries. Without any formal training, Sarah's mother became the best option for health care to the people of their extremely remote village. During her teens, Sarah became a de facto birth assistant for home births, helping her mother and the locally trained birth attendants provide the only care available to mothers and infants. This experience inspired her to pursue a career, first in nursing, and ultimately as a nurse-midwife.
Sarah is excited to work in her own community and happy to offer the option of midwifery care. Sarah believes that the best healthcare for a woman occurs within a trusting relationship and a supportive collaborative model. She looks forward to providing women-centered care through all life stages and sharing in the beauty and wonder of birth. When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family - especially her two busy grand daughters (both born with midwives!).