At her father’s recommendation, DeeAnn Gray, CNM, went to nursing school, but it was during a maternity rotation that she truly realized she wanted to work with female patients, helping to lead, support and encourage them through pregnancies and childbirth. The decision to become a certified nurse midwife occurred a bit later when she, herself, had a midwife deliver her daughter. Now, 30 years later, Nurse Midwife Gray couldn’t be any more pleased with her career choice.
“I still cry at the miracle of birth and the elation of the parents as they hold their baby for the first time. I love my annual visits with my patients as we catch up on their life over the last year and together talk about health practices to keep enjoying life. It is such a privilege to walk young women through their first GYN exam and get a glimpse into their hopes and dreams for their life. Being with women is in my blood. My great grandmom was a midwife in rural Minnesota and she rode her horse to some births. My daughter is an OB/GYN at USC. It’s what we do!”
Known to her patients and colleagues as friendly, kind, a good listener and easy to talk to, Ms. Gray loves interacting with all her women patients, from the very young just learning how to take care of themselves to the more mature starting families. She gets a particular thrill when she meets couples—and says she especially enjoys seeing men supporting their women—and is able to watch their families grow through the years.
Although she has lived in California since 1987, Ms. Gray grew up in Wisconsin and went to midwifery school and completed her Master’s Degree in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is well educated and experienced and considers herself lucky to work with many great doctors that she cannot only consult with as needed, but refer patients to when she’s not able to provide a different level of care.
When not at work, Ms. Gray loves quiet time with her husband. Their routine of sitting on the couch, drinking coffee and talking about the things husbands and wives do is the perfect start to the morning. She also enjoys spending time with her family of people and pets—her daughter Alyssa, granddaughter Emerson, dog Sadie, and horse Lucca. In addition to being a Nurse Midwife, Ms. Gray is also a spiritual midwife with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Biola University. She owns a spiritual retreat center called The Haven in the city of Orange where she helps people retreat, slow down and consider their life path.
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