Midwife Holli Askren, CNM
“I believe in the power of each and every woman to give birth. I am always in awe when I watch a woman transform into a mother as she goes through the birth process. She learns so much about herself, she finds an inner strength she did not know she possessed. I consider it a privilege to help her as she goes through that journey.”
I was born in Michigan, but moved to the southwest coast of Florida when I was 12. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida in 1992. After working for four years in both low and high risk obstetric settings, I found my ‘calling’ was to help women through the birth process and into motherhood. I received my Masters in Nurse Midwifery from UF in 1997 (GO GATORS!) and moved to Arizona. I practiced as a solo nurse midwife for two years until I received the greatest gifts of my life, my children. As they grew up, I gained experience in neonatal intensive care nursing, as well as continuing in labor and delivery so I could be close to women, helping them give birth. I returned to nurse midwifery in 2012. My husband was granted a new job opportunity in Sarasota, so we moved back to Florida. I then worked in the Clearwater area taking care of women with all types of birth expectations, including water births. My family and I relocated to Sarasota, as my husband works at USF.
When I am not busy, I love being with my two girls and my husband of ‘many’ years. I also love to read, go to the beach, hike, and cheer for the Gators!!