Courtney Allen Cowardin, CNM
Associate Medical Director Women’s Health ServicesCourtney has been employed at OneWorld as a Nurse Midwife for twelve years. Prior to becoming a Midwife, her experience included working as an oncology and hospice nurse at Methodist Health Systems, registered nurse on the Postpartum/Nursery Floor at Creighton University Medical Center, and registered nurse on the Labor and Delivery Floor at Northwest Community Hospital Childbirth Center in Seattle, Washington. Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Creighton University in 1996. In 2000, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, also from Creighton University. Courtney received her Master of Science degree in nursing in 2004 from the University of Washington–Seattle. Courtney is dedicated to volunteering and works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands and the Institute for Latin American Concern, for which she spent time educating people in rural communities in the Dominican Republic about disease processes, hygiene and basic medical care.
Women’s Health Team
Learn more about OneWorld’s obstetricians:
Brianna Harris Mayle, APRN
“I have been a nurse for 11 years and a nurse practitioner for 5 years. I am compassionate and care deeply about the work I do and the patients I take care of! I have lots of experience managing the many changes women face and decisions we have to make from puberty thru menopause. I perform thousands of paps per year.”
Courtney Allen Cowardin, CNM
“I have been a nurse for 20 years and a midwife for 16 years. My favorite part about being a midwife is being with a woman during such a special and important time of her life! Watching women become mothers is a beautiful thing! I am passionate about women’s health and the ability to connect with patients on many levels and walk with them through the many phases of their lives. I also love the people I work with and how we support each other so much. In my free time I love spending time with my family, baking, and Pilates.”
Kara Higgins, CNM
“I have been delivering One World babies since 2009! I love to provide care for our women not just in preganncy, but in the years before and after having children. I am also the breast health care manager for One World and work hard to provide customized screening, monitoring, and guidelines for women based on their own health and famiky history. Iam a mom to 6 kids though bilogy, adoption, and foster care and am also director of Imana Kids, an educational sponsorship prpgram in Rwanda. I am a certifed trauma informed provider as well.”
Meredith Rudish, CNM
“I have been a nurse working in OB and community health since 2005! I have been a midwife for 10 years, 8 ½ years at One World. I am a proud mother of 2 girls and openly share my personal birth and mothering experiences with my patients. I love being part of the One World Midwife team! We give great care and have great outcomes. I love providing centering group prenatal care. In these groups we learn and have lots of fun. I became a midwife to empower women, specifically when it comes to pregnancy, birth, and reproductive health.”
Michelle Gjere, APRN, CNM
“I spend time to really listen to my patients concerns. I am a kind person who you will feel comfortable sharing your concerns with. I feel strongly about providing my patients with the most up-to-date information to help them make the right choices for their bodies. I have worked in women’s health/obstetrics for 20 years, the last 3-4 years as a midwife at One World! I enjoy working with patients from the entire spectrum for women’s health (from birth control to pregnancy to per-menopause-menopause).
Bridget Wieczorek, CN
“I have been an experienced midwife for 22 years! I am passionate about people and advocate for women. I’m a great listener. I have been married for 32 years and have 3 grown children. I am a leader and resource in the clinic and the Omaha community.”
Kelly Ruse, CNM
“I have been a midwife with One World for 3 years! I learned Spanish in Guatemala and spent time volunteering with deliveries in the public hospitals of Honduras. I was drawn to midwifery as the practice of being with women and want to support you in making informed choices in your care! I am friendly and calm presence in the clinic and at the bedside in labor.”
Join our Team!
Help those in our community who need you most! OneWorld is looking for bilingual English/Spanish clinicians, nursing, behavioral health, dental, and other staff to provide high-quality, patient-centered care to underserved individuals and families in a cross-cultural primary care setting.