Cathy Rude, CPM, LM
ATM Area Representative Region 4
ATM Executive Board Committee Vice President
1002 Ave A. Katy, Texas. 77493
I believe childbirth is a normal, natural event ordained by God which left to nature will proceed to an uncomplicated end in most cases. I believe the midwife's job is to assist the birthing couple in the journey through pregnancy, labor and birth by monitoring the process. Childbirth should be a family centered event and the midwife's role should be to enhance, not usurp the family's unity, or the father's authority. Except where there is an issue concerning the safety of the mother or child, I believe the parents should have the experiences they desire and I encourage specific requests regarding the birth experience.
I have been a midwife 20 years, over 800 births, over 675 as primary. I love ministering to new moms and dads and feel privileged to share in this life changing event. I pray for and with each of my clients and am so grateful for the Lord Jesus in leading and directing in each situation.
On a personal note, I have been married to Gary for 42 years. We have six children, two son-in-laws, one daughter-in-law and four grandchildren; Ellie age 10, Colin age 5, newborn Oliver (5/13), and Newborn Silas (7/13). We are a Christian family and that is the focus of all we do and who we are. We homeschooled for many years. We now have one daughter at home attending Katy High School.