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Kristy Higgs, MSN CNM

Kristy has been a practicing nurse midwife since 1989.  She worked in free standing birth centers for 10 years before joining a hospital based practice in Central IL for about 2 decades.  She then worked as faculty in an OB Residency Program and now works in Student Health as well as part time in Labor and Birth. Dr Heidemarie Laurent's interest in bringing Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting to the area was the catalyst to adding mindfulness to her daily routines and expanding her clinical practice to the include integrating mindfulness into the birthing experience.  She has completed professional training Level 1 and 2 in Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting.

Jeri Lake

Jeri became a nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner in 1989 practicing first at the UT Memphis Medical Center. She joined Carle's nurse midwifery practice in 1991 and practiced there until 2005 when her life path was changed by a traumatic brain injury. In 2010 she became involved with mindfulness training as a part of neuro-rehabilitation research and has had a personal mindfulness practice since that time. This program provides an exciting new connection between her love of working with birthing families and her experience with the impact of mindfulness on the brain.   Jeri has also completed Level 1 and 2 professional training in Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting.


Heidemarie Laurent, PhD

Program Area: Clinical/Community

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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