A New Beginning
In high school, students often see their dreams as their entire world, with nothing standing in the way of achieving them. Unfortunately, as time goes on, it becomes easy to lose sight of those dreams. Irrelevant opinions start to matter, the pressure to maintain a comfortable life increases, and many people become distracted from their aspirations. However, for some individuals, experiencing a mid-life crisis can serve as a catalyst to rediscover the dreams that once consumed them. As a result, many people eventually find a way to achieve their long-lost dreams.
One such person is Kellie Northam, co-owner of Boise River Birth Center. In her high school years, Kellie aspired to illustrate children’s books and pursued a Fine Arts education. However, instead of following that path, she opened a Maternity Clothing Shop in the 1980s, which unfortunately went bankrupt. This failure instilled in her a fear of not being a competent business owner (though this fear was not true). After the business setback, Kellie and her husband relocated to Nebraska, where they received news of their daughter’s pregnancy. While searching for a nurse specializing in Nurse-Midwifery in Nebraska, Kellie realized that such a profession was non-existent in the state. Faced with criticism and opposition from a gynecologist she consulted, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
However, due to strict laws regarding midwifery in Nebraska, and the fact that homebirths were considered a felony, Kellie opted to work on the labor and delivery floor of a hospital. After several years in that role, Kellie’s husband expressed a desire to find work outside of Nebraska. This presented an opportunity for Kellie to pursue her dream of becoming a Nurse-Midwife elsewhere. Upon moving to Idaho, she met her business partner, Tracy, and together they established Boise River Birth Center in July 2018. The birth center aims to be a place where women can find physical, emotional, and mental support throughout various stages of life, offering individualized and evidence-based care. Kellie and her team provide a wide range of services for women, creating a convenient one-stop-shop, including comprehensive maternity care (such as water births, childbirth education, and postpartum care), women’s primary health, and women’s mental health services (such as counseling, mental health support, and prescription medications).