Colleen Heinze, CNM, MSN, WHNP
At an early age, Colleen became fascinated with the miracle of birth. As she grew and learned more, she became passionate about women's rights to autonomy and self-governance, especially during their births. She pursued nursing in order to become a support to laboring women. While still in nursing school, she became a doula and attended many births as a labor support person. It was during this time that a friend suggested she take her passion for women-centered childbirth and turn it into her life's work by becoming a midwife.
Colleen's nursing career includes 4 years of working in Medical Neurology/ICR and 8 years working in Labor and Delivery at Stony Brook Medicine. In 2014, she returned to school at Frontier Nursing University where during her clinical time she caught more than 50 babies and practiced the art of midwifery in the home, hospital, and birth center settings. In March 2017, Colleen received her Masters of Science in Nurse-Midwifery and in June of 2017 completed the post-master's course as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice.
The passion that began in Colleen as a teenager has only grown during her years of working with and caring for women. She is thrilled to be able begin a practice with other Midwives who also believe in the beauty and sanctity of birth and who support safe, individualized, client and family-centered care to the women and families of Long Island.
Colleen is a native of Long Island and spends her time outside of Gaia ministering at her church, working with disadvantaged youth, and spending time with her family and her dog Clancy. Colleen also loves to hike and camp. She has spent several decades serving at a girls camp in upstate New York, where she has been the Director of Medical Services, Coordinator of the Leadership Training Program, member of the Camp Advisory Board, Wilderness Trip Leader among other positions.