Kate S. Davidson, RNP/CNM

Nurse-Midwife located in Salem, OR

 

To all my friends and colleagues who make up the family of Salem Women's Clinic,

June will mark the 25th year that I have served as a nurse practitioner/midwife at Salem Women's Clinic. During that time, it has been my great honor to have been invited into the lives of so many women. For many of you, we have together, delved through the turbulent issues of teen-hood. I have helped many of you stay in school or get back to school and we have worked together to provide birth control to prevent you from becoming another "teen mom statistic." As you have grown past those years as teenagers, I have been honored to work together with you to plan your families and to birth those babies healthfully, and to nurture them in this world. Together we have again worked to provide appropriate birth control to help you plan your lives post babies. Together, we have struggled with issues of pre-menopause and menopause, again turbulent times in a woman's life. Throughout, we have together struggled with issues of sexuality, overwhelming fatigue, unusual bleeding, infertility, troubled children, domestic violence, depression and unplanned events in our lives. I have been humbled to have been asked to share your lives and to help with these and so many more issues facing us as women in today's world.

I have fully expected to be coming to the clinic when I am 80. Tottering on a cane and crotchety enquiring "How are we today, dearie???" But it turns out that we now have this pesky virus in our lives. As many of you know, I and my husband are 71. My mother who is 97 and my aunt who is 95 have lived with us for many years. We are the definition of the high- risk group.

My dear friend and boss who loves the four of us, will (rightly) no longer permit me to come to the clinic.

For the first time in a quarter of a century, I am not spending my days as a woman caring for women (beyond my mom and auntie.) My garden is the best it has ever been. My cooking skills have been sharpened. I have learned to drive the tractor (although a few boughs my beloved trees have suffered and that now defunct clothes line actually had the nerve to jump in front of the tractor roll bar.) Many of my beloved art projects have been completed and new ones are forever percolating in the folds of my devious mind. I have even been dragged into the modern world and have indeed learned to visit on Zoom, grandchildren and friends who are located more than 6 feet from me. For now, these tasks will have to suffice.

Please know that my colleagues at the clinic (who are way nicer than me and WAY younger) are all available to help you through these difficult times. As somewhat of a personal shock, I have learned that the clinic operates quite well without me.

This virus will be gone at some time, although I fear not very soon. In the meanwhile, I will shelter in place. Please stay home if you can, wear your masks in public and keep your hands away from your face (who knew this would be so hard??) Know that I miss you all and pray that when this is all over, we will all be standing and ready to get back to the new normal life. I give you all virtual hugs and kisses.

- Kate

About Kate S. Davidson

Education & training

  • BA, Mount Holyoke
  • MA in teaching, University of Massachusetts
  • MS in Nursing/CNM Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Chair of American College of Nurse-Midwives, Oregon Chapter, 1997-1999

Professional Goals

I see women throughout their lifespans and recently developed a special interest in women with fatigue issues.

Personal Interests

Gardening, travel, reading, and delivering babies in third world countries.

Family

Kate and her husband, Jossi, have three children and one beautiful, brilliant, and entirely over-the-top granddaughter.

 

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To all my friends and colleagues who make up the family of Salem Women's Clinic,

June will mark the 25th year that I have served as a nurse practitioner/midwife at Salem Women's Clinic. During that time, it has been my great honor to have been invited into the lives of so many women. For many of you, we have together, delved through the turbulent issues of teen-hood. I have helped many of you stay in school or get back to school and we have worked together to provide birth control to prevent you from becoming another "teen mom statistic." As you have grown past those years as teenagers, I have been honored to work together with you to plan your families and to birth those babies healthfully, and to nurture them in this world. Together we have again worked to provide appropriate birth control to help you plan your lives post babies. Together, we have struggled with issues of pre-menopause and menopause, again turbulent times in a woman's life. Throughout, we have together struggled with issues of sexuality, overwhelming fatigue, unusual bleeding, infertility, troubled children, domestic violence, depression and unplanned events in our lives. I have been humbled to have been asked to share your lives and to help with these and so many more issues facing us as women in today's world.

I have fully expected to be coming to the clinic when I am 80. Tottering on a cane and crotchety enquiring "How are we today, dearie???" But it turns out that we now have this pesky virus in our lives. As many of you know, I and my husband are 71. My mother who is 97 and my aunt who is 95 have lived with us for many years. We are the definition of the high- risk group.

My dear friend and boss who loves the four of us, will (rightly) no longer permit me to come to the clinic.

For the first time in a quarter of a century, I am not spending my days as a woman caring for women (beyond my mom and auntie.) My garden is the best it has ever been. My cooking skills have been sharpened. I have learned to drive the tractor (although a few boughs my beloved trees have suffered and that now defunct clothes line actually had the nerve to jump in front of the tractor roll bar.) Many of my beloved art projects have been completed and new ones are forever percolating in the folds of my devious mind. I have even been dragged into the modern world and have indeed learned to visit on Zoom, grandchildren and friends who are located more than 6 feet from me. For now, these tasks will have to suffice.

Please know that my colleagues at the clinic (who are way nicer than me and WAY younger) are all available to help you through these difficult times. As somewhat of a personal shock, I have learned that the clinic operates quite well without me.

This virus will be gone at some time, although I fear not very soon. In the meanwhile, I will shelter in place. Please stay home if you can, wear your masks in public and keep your hands away from your face (who knew this would be so hard??) Know that I miss you all and pray that when this is all over, we will all be standing and ready to get back to the new normal life. I give you all virtual hugs and kisses.

- Kate

About Kate S. Davidson

Education & training

Professional Goals

I see women throughout their lifespans and recently developed a special interest in women with fatigue issues.

Personal Interests

Gardening, travel, reading, and delivering babies in third world countries.

Family

Kate and her husband, Jossi, have three children and one beautiful, brilliant, and entirely over-the-top granddaughter.

 


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