Christina joined CWH in 2017. She is a Gainesville native and is excited to be serving women and families in her hometown. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing with a concentration in Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University, a two Bachelors’ degrees in Nursing and Anthropology from the University of South Florida and University of Florida, and a minor and certificate in Latin American Studies. Christina also is fluent in Spanish.
Christina began her midwifery journey as a doula and childbirth educator, and she created a community network of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum professionals advocating for greater choice and empowerment for birthing women, evidence-based maternity care, and community support for new families. She had opportunity to study abroad in Central and South America to expand her understanding of women’s and maternal-child health in the Latin American context in resource-limited environments.
RONNIE JO STRINGER
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Ronnie Jo completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Four years later, she returned to college and earned a Master of Science from Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Before relocating to Florida in pursuit of a career in midwifery, Ronnie Jo practiced as a Registered Nurse at Georgetown University Hospital for four years. Ronnie Jo’s medical focus includes areas of specialty-low risk obstetrics, adolescent gynecology and contraception. She has practiced midwifery since 2008. When asked what she loves about being a midwife, she answered, “I love that I have the opportunity to be a part of the most important times in a woman’s life. I strive to help women and their families to have the best possible experience.”
It is Ronnie Jo’s passion to deliver compassionate care. She is dedicated to empowering women to take an active role in their pregnancy and labor and delivery experience. She believes women should have choices in their care.
|Erin Smith joined CWH in 2012. She was born and raised in California, and moved to Gainesville for her husband’s job as a mycologist at UF. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies at UC Davis and Masters of Science in Nursing from UC San Francisco. She has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife since 2001 and practiced in a variety of settings including home birth, freestanding birth centers and hospitals. Erin loves the diversity of women she meets and cares for through her job. “One of the best things about being a Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner is that I am able to care for women from adolescence through menopause.” She loves that she is able to continue seeing her patients for gynecological care after they have finished their pregnancy. She is particularly excited about the family-centered care offered at the free-standing birth center at CWH and is excited to be a part of increasing the birth options for women in the community.|