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Not only does this site serve Hawai'i Certified Nurse-Midwives, we also offer practical information to the public on midwifery and access to midwives throughout the state.
Check out the rest of the website and find out why you might choose a midwife for yourself!
My name is Roxanne Estes and
I have been a Hawaii resident for 32 years. I am somewhat of a
hybrid midwife; I started out as an apprentice trained midwife in 1986
with an active homebirth practice for several years. I became
a California Association of Midwives, Certified Midwife directly after
I finished my apprenticeship. I took the first North American Registry
of Midwives exam shortly thereafter to become a Certified Professional Midwife
(CPM). I am also a nurse who graduated from Hawaii Community College,
then the University of Hawaii Hilo. I then attended the Frontier
school of Midwifery and Family Nursing now known as Frontier Nursing
University (FBU) to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. Since first
becoming a midwife, I have felt compelled to be a part of organized midwifery.
As a new midwife I was an active member of the California Association
of Midwives (CAM). I am a founding member of Midwives Alliance
of Hawaii (MAH), and have served several terms as president of MAH.
While on the MAH board I was instrumental in forming the MAH Registry
of Midwives, and helped established the “Standard of Care” document.
This registry enabled homebirth midwives to work closely with the Department
of Health in birth certificate filing. During my term on the MAH board
I also set up a formal peer review process for Direct Entry Midwives
in Hawaii. Most recently I have been able to process all needed documentation
to form the official Hawaii Affiliate of the American College of Nurse
I believe the availability
of midwives is vital to our national and local agenda. I feel
it is essential that we protect our profession as we move forward in
the upcoming years. Health care is changing; barriers for midwifery
care are decreasing with greater opportunities for midwives to care
for women on a larger scale. It is up to us, we must have a united voice
and be involved in health care policy and decision-making. I am willing
to serve in the capacity of President of the Hawaii Affiliate of the
American College of Midwifery, because I believe that “Every Woman
Deserves A Midwife”!
Thanks for the opportunity
Roxanne Estes, CNM, MSN, LM
Maureen Shannon,CNM, FNP, PhD, FAAN,
FACNM is an Associate Professor and holds the Frances A. Matsuda Endowed
Chair in Women’s Health at the University of Hawai`i at Mănoa School
of Nursing and Dental Hygiene where she teaches graduate MS and doctoral
students and serves as Graduate Chair. She has been an advanced
practice nurse (FNP, CNM) for over three decades. Since 1989 she has
provided preconception and perinatal care services to HIV-infected women.
Her area of research focuses on vulnerable women and families and includes
studies about HIV infected women; the effects of spousal deployment
on childbearing women; the effects of deployment on female soldiers
health; and the effects of stress on physiological aging. She
has three wonderful children, great partner, and an amazing cat named
“Felix” – all of whom keep her smiling.
My Name is JoAnn Johansen. have been caring for women and
families for over 30 years, beginning as a birth center assistant on the East
Coast, where I grew up. I graduated from Yale's midwifery program in 1987. I
have practiced on the Big Island and Molokai for nearly 20 years, and have
spent time in homebirth as well as big and small hospital practices in
California. For six years I served on the Board of Directors of the California
Nurse-Midwifery Association, as Secretary/Treasurer.
I've been the
treasurer for our Hawaii ACNM Chapter; now Affiliate, for 13 years.
passion in life is international adventure travel.
Greetings from Oahu ~ My name is Annette Manant and I am a
CNM. I currently teach at Hawaii Pacific University in the College of Nursing
and Health Sciences and practice with Pali Women’s Health Center, catching
babies at Castle Medical Center in Kailua and covering clinic up in Kahuku
(Northshore). I volunteered to be the interim secretary of our fledgling Hawaii
Affiliate because I have been a supportive member of ACNM since becoming a CNM
in 1983! I held office as Chapter
Treasurer for our ACNM affiliate in Western Washington State for a number of
years. It gives me great satisfaction to be ‘behind the scenes’ and a part of
something moving Midwifery forward in Hawaii.