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Shaneen Fernandez

CNM, ARNP

  • she/her
  • Practicing since: 2019
  • Tacoma & Pierce County

About Shaneen

Shaneen’s interest in midwifery was sparked while attending the home birth of her eldest niece where the midwife provided one-on-one compassionate, altruistic care to her sister. Shaneen was inspired to influence change in-clinic practice after witnessing this interaction and realizing there was an alternative to substandard maternal care. The midwifery model of care was exceptional in comparison to her personal birth experience with her first child just four months prior. She had already set out on a path towards healthcare but in that moment, she set her sights on a career in Women’s Health. Shaneen started to volunteer as a doula while also working as a Hematology/Oncology Nurse, often providing end of life care. She found great joy in supporting not only patients during their end days on earth but also their families and noticed there were many commonalities between supporting individuals and their families with the transition out of the world and bringing new life into the world. Shaneen enjoyed fostering relationships with patients and families while caring for them over long periods of time which solidified her desire to work in the maternal child health field. She then returned to school and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from University of Washington with a specialty in Nurse Midwifery.

Shaneen is an active member of Midwives Association of Washington State, American College of Nurse Midwives, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has worked with marginalized and vulnerable populations throughout her career. She has more recently worked as a CNM with rural and medically underserved populations. Her passion is around women and children's health and closing the gap in maternal inequities and disparities in healthcare.

Shaneen’s philosophy of care is to provide high quality, affordable, evidence based care with compassion, respect and excellence. Clients working with Shaneen would describe her as kind, compassionate, with a focus on education and health promotion.

Education

Pacific Lutheran University,
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Washington,
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Additional Clinical Interests