Kathy Harrison-Short, CNM
After delivering more than 2,000 babies over the past 3 decades, Kathy continues to be overwhelmed with the miraculous power of every birth. After her own first baby was born over 30 years ago, she felt an overwhelming euphoria and confidence that she could accomplish any goal. Since that time her desire for every woman has been to feel that sense of empowerment that propels her into motherhood with a belief and faith in her own innate abilities.
Kathy had a homebirth practice for twenty years in both southern California and northeast Texas. She became close friends with most of her clientele, delivering entire families, which in some cases included as many as six children. She taught childbirth classes and remained with each woman for their entire labor, delivery, and postpartum period. This was an extraordinary time and filled with memorable experiences. As one chapter closed, another exciting one began. Kathy had an opportunity to join a physician/midwifery practice at Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler, Texas. This group included five obstetricians and five midwives who cared for women throughout their pregnancy providing prenatal care, then delivering the babies in the hospital. Although this was very different from her previous experience, it was extremely rewarding. After seven years at MFH, Kathy and her husband relocated to Austin, Texas. While in Austin, she worked at a local birth center and at Brackenridge hospital as a nurse midwife for two years delivering many babies with three other midwives. She now enjoys a very fulfilling and exciting position with Dr Christina Sebestyen at OBGYN North. As this practice grows and blossoms, she looks forward to many exciting and wonderful experiences, while helping families achieve the childbirth experience of their dreams. A favorite quote from Mother Teresa states, “We can do no great thing, only small things with great love.”
Kathy has a Master of Science degree in Nurse-Midwifery from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas, and is a graduate of Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Nurse Midwifery.
Kathy and her husband Randy, have three grown children, all born at home with midwives in attendance. She had the amazing privilege of delivering her two grandchildren, one at home and the other in the hospital. She enjoys gardening, biking, reading, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren.