Michelle Hughes, CNM
Michelle began her passion for caring for women while in nursing school during the early 1990s.
She found her calling during her first obstetric rotation, when she witnessed her first birth. She
was lucky enough to have had her primary training at a hospital that provided evidenced-based
care with strong collaborative relationships between the physicians and nurse-midwives, and
this set the tone for how she believes obstetric care should be provided.
Upon graduating with a Bachelors of Science for nursing, Michelle moved to Memphis, TN,
where she worked for 3 years as a labor and delivery nurse, providing care to inner city, at risk
When her husband’s career brought them in Austin, she went searching again for a place she
could serve the neediest, and became a labor and delivery nurse at Brackenridge Hospital for
the next 11 years. While there, she worked with nurse-midwives, physicians, and doctors in
training. She worked with both Kathy Harrison-Short, CNM and Tesa Miller, MD while there, and
is happy to be reunited with them.
It was during her time at Brackenridge that Michelle and Stephen began their family. She birthed
her first child with one of the wonderful midwives she worked with, in what was then called the
Alternative Birthing Center at Brackenridge. The power that this birth gave Michelle fueled her
drive to assist women in achieving the birth they desire. Her second child was another
unmedicated hospital birth with a caring physician colleague because there was a medical
indication for a hospital birth and there were no hospital-based midwives in Austin at that time.
While this doctor supported her birth choices completely, a desire to become a midwife and to
help give women more midwifery options grew.
Michelle waited until her youngest daughter started school before going to graduate school
herself. In 2011, she graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing, specializing in Midwifery.
She became a CNM at Ft. Hood, where she caught almost 500 babies in four years before
coming to OBGYN North. She is so excited to be in Austin again, at a practice that offers
women choice in childbirth, with physicians and midwives who feel as passionately about that
as she does.
Michelle grew up an Air Force brat, moving many times before landing in Vermont, which is
where she met and married Stephen 22+ years ago. They have been in Austin since 2000, and
love it here! They have two beautiful daughters, a cat, a bearded dragon, and two guinea pigs.
She enjoys spending time with family, reading, knitting, and is training to run her first 5K.
Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Vermont, 1997
Masters of Science in Nursing, specializing in Midwifery, from the University of Cincinnati, 2011