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My journey began at the age of 17 and I knew I wanted to be a midwife. But that is not what life had in store for me...My first birth experience was at the age of 22 and it was my own, it was a unmedicated hospital birth and it was the most empowering moment of my life.
I eventually became a childbirth educator with The Florida Outreach Birth Project and a Certified Doula with DONA. I have also worked for The Brevard Healthy Start Coalition as the Momcare Coordinator.
As I approached the age of 40 I started reevaluating my life, my mother was not as lucky as I was to actually reach the age of 40, and I decided life is too short not to follow your dream. So I enrolled at The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, commuted 3 hours up and back every week for 3 years. I proud to say I am a Florida Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife. I look forward to serving the families of my community. The pictures below are of my transformation of becoming a midwife. Some of the pictures are of a trip we took to the Dominican Republic/Haiti in March of 2010. Serving the moms and babies while we were there was a life changing experience and it reaffirmed to all of us that life is precious and it is an honor to be present at births.

I live with my very supportive and loving husband Ralph of 20 years and we have an incredible, awesome son Malachi, 21, who is my inspiration.

Michelle M. Ruffalo LM, CPM

 Education, Background and Training

Licensed Midwife MW244 – State of Florida, Department of Health 

Certified Professional Midwife #10110016 – North American Registry of Midwives 

08/2007 – 08/2010 Florida School of Traditional Midwifery Gainesville, Fl

                  Graduated with Honors in Midwifery Studies

08/1984 – 05/1988 University of South Florida Tampa, Fl

                               BA in Mass Communications

1/2008-5/2008 – Brevard County Health Department – North and Central

·         I worked with a Certified Nurse Midwife in both north and central health departments. Observed and assisted with prenatal exams, postpartum exams and colposcopys.

5/2008 – 7/2009 – The Birth Place –Jennie Joseph LM and Robyn Mattox LM

07/2009 – Present – Agape Midwifery Services – Karen Kennedy Tyus LM

03/2010 – Tawain Regional Hospital – Azua, Dominican Republic

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