Groans as in the Pains of Childbirth

Carey Bustard | November 11, 2015


Kimberly Ibarra works in obstetrics/women’s health and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, hikes with her dogs and friends, plays music, and studies to become a family nurse practitioner. She loves reading to her grandchildren, baking apple pies, building campfires, and collecting art and children’s books. Medical trips to Haiti awakened a desire in her to work in underserved areas.


How would you describe your work?

As a labor-and-delivery nurse I care for women bringing their children into the world, which is exciting and usually joyful. Sometimes, though, I come alongside grieving families who have miscarried; helping them as they process their loss is perhaps my most meaningful work.

In addition, there is a great need to better care for women with a history of sexual abuse. By providing education to co-workers, teaching the staff of doctors’ offices, and meeting with at-risk women before they go into labor, our first hope is to do no harm. For women who may be dreading labor, we want to bring healing, not re-traumatization, through the birth process.

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

Although I’m not always able to share my faith in words…


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