I’m Kari Michalski APRN CNM, the owner and lead clinician at Thrive Midwives. I live in a shabby cool area of Minneapolis, where I enjoy raising my son. The metro is my hub for its limitless restaurants, cycling culture, and multiple recreational trails and museums. When I travel, Lake Superior is often my grounding space, for kayaking, night fires, and a chilly swim.
I have 18 years of experience as a women’s health care provider, 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 clinician, I started my home birth practice in 2016. Attending home births safely and independently requires years of experience, having a firm grasp of evidence-based practice, choosing highly qualified support staff, and a commitment to family-centered care. Independent practice gives me the ability to innovate and provide the safest care to birthing families that desire low intervention labor and birth. I am also able to provide continuity of care over a woman’s lifetime.
The name of my practice “thrive” was chosen because I want everyone in the birth environment (birthing woman, partner, loved ones, doula, and midwives) to be enriched by this journey, to be strengthened, respected, and honored. Birth is not about surviving a medical experience, it is about stepping into motherhood 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 at Thrive Midwives include receiving unbiased information and truly informed consent, the availability of integrative care (nutrition, supplements, essential oils, bodywork, medical referrals, prescription medications, and herbal therapies) to address your health needs, and access to a highly qualified provider. I have a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery from the University of Minnesota and am board certified nationally.
Because of my extensive professional experience, I also have a list of wonderful care providers in various specialties (family medicine, lactation, imaging, physical therapy, endocrinology, chiropractic, obstetrics, etc) to refer you to for all of your health needs.