I’m Kari Michalski APRN CNM, the owner and lead midwife at Thrive Midwives. I divide my time between Minneapolis and Minnetrista, soaking up the best of those worlds and putting serious mileage on my Subaru. My loved ones would describe me as a kitchen creative, amateur cyclist, and science junkie. When I travel, Lake Superior is often a grounding space, for kayaking, night fires, and a chilly swim. More recently, national parks have satiated my lust for travel, Big Bend being a favorite.
I have 21 years of experience in health care, first as a labor and delivery nurse at a major metro hospital, then as a nurse-midwife. After 10 years as a hospital and then birth center midwife, I started my home birth practice in 2016. Attending home births safely and independently requires years of experience, a firm grasp on evidence-based practice and evolving scientific research, choosing highly qualified support staff, and a commitment to family-centered care. Focusing on home birth gives me the ability to innovate clinically and intimately connect with families that desire low tech, high touch care.
The name of my practice “thrive” emerged out of the desire that everyone in the birth environment (birthing person, partner, loved ones, doula, and midwife) be enriched by this journey, strengthened, respected, and honored. Birth is not about surviving a medical experience, it is about stepping into parenthood from a place of wholeness.
At Thrive Midwives, you will work with someone who knows you, your values, your story. Visits are longer and more comprehensive than conventional clinics, so that nothing is missed, and your health priorities are fully addressed. Other advantages to choosing care with me include receiving unbiased information and truly informed consent, and integrative care (nutrition, supplements, essential oils, bodywork, medical referrals, prescription medications, and herbal therapies) to address your health needs.
You will benefit from a master’s trained (ski-u-mah!), board certified nurse-midwife. Because of my extensive and varied professional experience, I also have a list of wonderful care providers in various specialties (family medicine, perinatology, lactation, physical therapy, chiropractic, obstetrics) to refer you to should you need a broader care team.