Meet Our Midwives

Meet Our Midwives

Meet Our Certified Nurse Midwives

 

 

Mary Kay Burke, APN, CNM, WHNP

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago

708.636.9205

Women’s Health Care Associates

2850 West 95th Street, Suite 103

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Oldaker, CNM

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago

708.636.9205

Women’s Health Care Associates

2850 West 95th Street, Suite 103

 

 

 


Why did you decide to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)?

 

Mary Kay: I’ve spent the last 16 years in Labor and Delivery, and I’ve loved it from day one. Bringing a new life into the world is such a sacred event—it is an honor to be part of the experience. Women are so much stronger than they realize! I truly enjoy being a participant of women’s birth experiences.

 

Yvonne: My inspiration came from serving as a doula alongside many different midwives during births for a course of 10 years. Midwives cared for me during my pregnancies and attended all three of my daughters’ births – each unique and empowering different parts of my life. I became a midwife to create more options for women here in our community on the southwest side.

 


What do you enjoy most about being a midwife?

 

Mary Kay: It has been wonderful meeting so many new people who are passionate about their families and their desires to be healthy, happy and empowered.

 

Yvonne: We never forget the day our children are born, and I enjoy contributing to this special day for each family. I enjoy working with women to define their ideal birth, educating them on how to safely achieve their goals, supporting them along the way and co-creating an overall empowering experience.

 


What is your philosophy of care?

 

Mary Kay: My goal is to offer my support and guidance to women so they can make informed decisions regarding their healthcare. The term “midwife” means “with woman” and it is a privilege to care for women in all the different stages of their lives. It is my hope that all women have a meaningful birth experience—one that empowers them and allows them to transition to motherhood with happiness and confidence.

 

Yvonne: Getting to know the women I am caring for and helping them choose their own health goals builds a foundation for well-woman care before, during, after, and in-between pregnancies. Many aspects of our lives affect our physical health; our mood, stressors, environment, and lifestyles. What is right for one person may be different for another I believe we make our healthiest decisions when we are informed and feel supported and accepted for who we are.

 


What is the number one advice/tip you give your patients for healthy living?

 

Mary Kay: There are so many benefits to breastfeeding, both for the new mom and the baby. I would never want anyone to feel pressured if it’s not comfortable, but if new moms are even remotely considering, I encourage them to give it a try. And my tip for all women is to do a monthly self breast exam. It’s such an easy thing to do, yet often overlooked.

 

Yvonne: Be active. Find something you love doing, and do it. Exercise is good for your overall physical health, and adrenaline is great for your mood! Even if you’re a busy parent, play with your kids outside, ride bikes – whatever you love doing, do it together.

 


What is the best thing Little Company of Mary has to offer patients?

 

Mary Kay: Little Company of Mary is all about what is best for our patients. Our staff is professional, caring and compassionate. Little Company of Mary offers the best that technology has to offer while providing a safe, caring environment. I can’t imagine working anywhere but here. Employees often joke that once you work at Little Company of Mary, you never want to work anywhere else. There is so much truth to that statement.

 

Yvonne: Compassionate, personalized, patient-centered care. The staff at Little Company of Mary is open to hear about your wishes and takes the time to build a relationship. Little Company of Mary offers a wide variety of birthing options, including labor tubs and gentle C-sections. Breastfeeding support, parent groups and access to specialty care are also available and make Little Company of Mary such a great place to have your baby and find all the other health services your family may need.

 


If you hadn’t become a midwife, what would you be doing?

 

Mary Kay: I’ve been a nurse for the last 30 years, so it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. But I could see myself as a police officer. We live in such a violent society—it’s so unsettling. I would work in areas like domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

 

Yvonne: Prior to becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife, I worked as a doula and a health educator. I developed women’s health programs at non-profit healthcare organizations. I wrote grants, trained staff and advocated in Springfield and Washington, D.C. for these services for uninsured and under-insured women. But I loved the time I spent working directly with women the most, so it’s hard to imagine making any other choice!

 


What are your hobbies and interests outside of the office?

 

Mary Kay: I love reading and gardening. I just started experimenting with different forms of yoga. I also enjoy learning about aromatherapy and homeopathic treatments. And I love spending time with my family.

 

Yvonne: I enjoy distance running and yoga, spending time with my daughters and extended family and cheering on the sidelines for my daughters’ sports teams.

 



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Support Groups

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11:30AM - 12:30 PM


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Adult Wellness

CHEER Group

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Family Birth Center Classes

Birthing Basics

7:00PM - 9:30 PM

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