Debra Griner was part of the staff at Burdett Birth Center from 2012 – 2013. It was then after that she decided to return to school and complete her education to become a certified nurse midwife (CNM), which she did through Philadelphia University. She has been a registered nurse (RN) for 32 years and continues her role as a per-diem RN in the Clinical Decision Unit at Samaritan Hospital. She promotes furthering education, which is something that she did when she was in her early 50s.
Fueled by her passion for women’s healthcare and the enjoyment that she gets caring for patients, she also likes to discuss preventative medicine with women and encourages patients to keep up to date with annual exams and recommended screenings. “I enjoy attending to and encouraging women throughout the labor and delivery process,” she says. “And watching them bring a new little life into the world leaves me full of complete wonder.”
When choosing a birth center, Griner advises expectant moms to choose one that best meets their needs. Do your homework! Take the time to tour the facility, speak with the staff and ask questions. (One great opportunity to do this is by attending BBC’s quarterly Mothers In The Middle program, one of several childbirth education classes that we offer.) Many women embrace the “home-like atmosphere” in the birthing rooms at Burdett Birth Center, making BBC a good choice for women, she adds.
When she’s not working as a CNM or an RN, Griner enjoys shopping, travelling (especially on beach vacations), attending concerts, sporting events and dining out. She has been married for 36 years and has three grown children.
This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.