The Midwife

Kimberly Navarro, CNM, WHNP-BC, PhD (c)

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Kimberly is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for women, ameliorating maternal health racial disparities, combating maternal mortality and promoting the normalcy of pregnancy. 

   

Kimberly has over 10 years of experience in women's health and has been involved in serving her community, providing education and healthcare services domestically and globally.

Her career trajectory shows that her commitment to underserved communities began as a student nurse partnering with non-profit organizations and churches to provide free health screenings and education. Kimberly has worked in Federally Funded Health Clinics in New Jersey and California, served as a front line healthcare provider during the COVID-19 pandemic through her work at a Walk-IN Clinic and Urgent Care center. 


Kimberly envisions a world with a safe haven for the maternity experience of all women. Her goal is to defend and protect the reproductive rights of women and families globally.

Kimberly obtained a Bachelor’s in Nursing from William Paterson University, and a dual Masters in Science of Nursing as Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife from Rutgers University. She then obtained a masters certificate as teacher of health education and school nurse from Felician University. Finally, she completed two years of study at Rutgers University’s PhD in Urban Systems before she relocated to Los Angeles, California, and transferred to Pepperdine University’s PhD program in Global Leadership and Change, where she is completing her dissertation on the topic of maternal mortality racial disparities.

Kimberly is an involved member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, California Nurse Midwives Association and the California Coalition of Reproductive Justice.  

"When I think of the historic cruelty in maternity wards and the fatality that pregnancy and childbirth represents for women, disproportionately more for Black and Brown women, I am emboldened to continue to fight against the injustices of our healthcare system and to protect maternal and newborn health by the word of God in Jeremiah 22:3:

'Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.' 

I am called to protect and defend the maternity experience of women, and I do it with courage, love, intelligence, cultural competence and a global mindset. These principles are what HOME stands on."

-Kimberly Navarro, CNM, WHNP-BC, PhD (C).

 

Education

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Accomplishments

Memberships &  Community Initiatives

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December 2020

This project is a great example of how I use my leadership to advocate for maternal health and promote initiatives to ameliorate maternal health racial disparities. I conducted a thorough historical analysis of childbirth practices in the U.S to provide understanding of the origins of racial disparities built in systemic racism.

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April 2021

This project is a great example of how I keep research and quality of care at the forefront of my practice and passion. I was honored to be a selected presenter at the California Association of Nurse Practitioner's 43rd Annual Conference on my Global Study on the Patient Perspective of the Quality of Care of Walk-in Clinics.

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March 2021

In this project, I served as the California Nurse Midwife Association (CNMA) liaison for the California Coalition of Reproductive Freedom (CCRF) and presenting during the Reproductive Freedom Week Kickoff Event on March 25, 2021 on: Reproductive Justice and Racial Injustice.

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September 2020

Since 1999, MMI Board members have served as an advisory and fundraising board to ACAM (Association of Midwives of the Mam Speaking Area). We have been working with this group of 40 Maya midwives from the beginning of their organization which was formed to address issues specific to indigenous midwives and the communities they served

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July 2018

Our mission is to provide health services and practical solutions to each woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, in order to allow her to make a rational decision without the undue pressure of her other circumstances. Our emphasis is on helping each woman overcome the fears surrounding her particular challenges so she can move forward equipped with information and confidence.

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August 2012

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.