Amy Ginn earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois. She obtained her midwifery education from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, with a master's from Case Western Reserve University. She worked on labor and delivery units and in the newborn nursery as an RN before becoming a midwife. Amy has been working with mothers, babies and their families since 1982. It continues to be an occupation that teaches and amazes her each day.
Amy is a native of Illinois and moved to Colorado in 1986. She has two grown sons who reside in Durango. She and her husband enjoy camping, hiking and cross-country skiing. Amy also loves gardening, beekeeping and reading, depending on the season.
Rebecca Dworkin was raised in Bethesda, Maryland. She earned her bachelor's degree from Grinnell College in Iowa, majoring in religious studies. After college, she was an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Community Health Centers in Providence, Rhode Island, working in an OB/GYN clinic. She was trained as a childbirth educator and doula, and attended her first births. She spent an additional two years working a variety of jobs and traveling before returning to school to pursue her bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree at Georgetown University.
As a midwifery student, Rebecca gained experience with births in hospitals, birth centers and home settings. She began her midwifery career in 2012, joining the staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She served on the faculty as a clinical assistant professor and participated in medical student education. During her four years in Iowa, she worked with a diverse population and helped with the collaborative care of high-risk patients. She facilitated Centering Pregnancy group prenatal care and supported low-intervention birth in the hospital.
Rebecca is passionate about women's reproductive health, and she feels privileged to witness women's strength as they build their families. She has always been interested in the cultural, political and historical significance of women's health, and she is fascinated how even small acts toward physical well-being and education can lead to empowerment. She is regularly amazed, humbled and grateful doing this work.
Rebecca is thrilled to continue her professional and personal journey in Durango with Southwest Midwives. She loves the beautiful landscapes in the Four Corners region, and enjoys hiking, photography and exploring in the outdoors. Rebecca also loves traveling and has taken many road trips and international adventures. She has two adopted canines, Crosby and Phoebe.
Megan Riddle joined Southwest Midwives effective May 1, 2018. She was raised in Burlington, Vermont. While earning her bachelor's degree she volunteered as an emergency medical technician.
Megan became passionate about birth and women's health while studying abroad in Uganda during nursing school. She worked side by side with local midwives and attended births in rural community hospitals.
She attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned a master's degree in nurse-midwifery and women's health. After graduating she taught undergraduate nursing and worked as a triage nurse in a high-risk obstetric clinic in Philadelphia. In 2016 Megan joined a busy midwifery practice in northern New Jersey that focused on low-intervention birth and waterbirths, both in the hospital and out-of-hospital settings.
Megan is excited to continue to provide midwifery care and support birth in the Four Corners region. She feels it is a privilege to serve women and families during birth and to be a part of their stories. Megan lives in Durango and enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, and sharing meals with family and friends.
Vanna Waldron's desire to become a midwife was sparked by her classes in comparative medicine and gender and women's studies at Oberlin College. While in school, she served as an intern at the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C., and at Maternidad La Luz birth center in El Paso, Texas.
After graduating, she returned to her Seattle roots as an AmeriCorps volunteer doula at Sea Mar Community Health Centers. She later spent three years working as a birth doula in a collaborative private practice.
Vanna lived and worked at a mindfulness meditation practice center before studying nurse-midwifery at Seattle University and completing a clinical rotation with Southwest Midwives. She recently finished a midwifery fellowship at Holy Family Birth Center in Texas, and is excited to return to Colorado and join the Southwest Midwives team.
Outside of the clinic and birth room, Vanna enjoys being with friends, community engagement, singing, dancing, hiking and meditation.
Two Nurse-Midwives for Vacation/Leave Coverage
Heidi Zink has deep family roots in the Durango area and cherishes the opportunity to practice here. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology, with minors in wellness and psychology, from the University of Denver. She then earned a bachelor's in nursing from Regis University and went on to work in labor and delivery as a registered nurse for more than four years at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver.
In 2004 Heidi earned a master's degree in nurse midwifery from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. During this time she also was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. After graduation she began work with Southwest Midwives. She is happily married to Craig.
Shauna Acker works with Southwest Midwives to cover the vacation/leave times of the other midwives.
She has a bachelor's degree in nursing from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, and a master's in nursing from the University of Kansas. She became a certified nurse midwife in 2007 and has earned a doctorate in nursing and an education certificate from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Shauna is honored to provide holistic care and be part of a client's journey through womanhood. She believes birth is a sacred experience, and she wants to provide the experience that meets the wishes and needs of the woman and her family. She is open and comfortable with both natural and medical models of care. Her background includes a critical care knowledge base, first assist during c-sections, low- and high-risk obstetrics, water births, complementary and alternative medicine, father-assisted birth and gynecology.
Shauna moved to the Western Slope in 2009 from Kansas City, Missouri. Her family includes husband Chuck, son Jordan and a blue heeler hound mix, Zoie. Shauna enjoys reading, outdoor activities and traveling to new places.
Founding Partner, Retired — Certified Nurse-Midwife Emerita
Mary Louise Walton retired from Southwest Midwives on June 1, 2014. However, she then provided one day of coverage each month in June and July, ending her career on July 22, 2014. A native of western Colorado, she has lived in Durango since 1976. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor's degree in English. Later she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Colorado Mesa University, then went on to earn her master's degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. Mary Louise obtained her nurse-midwifery education from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. She worked with mothers and babies for more than 37 years, first as a labor and delivery nurse, and then as a midwife.
Mary Louise and husband Guy Walton have two grown children — a son and a daughter. She loves to knit, hike, read and garden.