We all know the marvelous Buffie Severns, M.S.N., C.N.M., her warm smile, and skilled, compassionate, caring way, but did you also know that she is a marathon-running super grandma who has lived all over the world and was a sergeant in the U.S. army?? Buffie generously agreed to share more details of her interesting life with us over this Independence Day weekend.
Tell us about your path to becoming a certified nurse midwife.
My journey to becoming a midwife was a long one…I started out as an Army Medic and finally ended up here in Michigan, as a certified nurse midwife. Many of my family members served in the military including my grandfather, dad, uncle, myself, my husband and now our oldest son. As part of a military family, it was not a huge surprise that I joined the Army when I was 19 years old.
I served in Germany, Desert Storm, and in Texas. I became a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Army, and worked as a pediatric nurse at the end of my military career. After I separated from the Army, I was blessed to follow my husband through his career. We were stationed in some amazing places such as Germany and South Korea. My family and I were fortunate to learn many different cultures and meet some amazing people.
Because I grew up an Army brat, I moved every two to three years for my entire life, until my husband retired a few years ago. We have now planted roots here in south-east Michigan; where we have resided for the past seven years!
Returning to school was not easy because we moved so often. Since computers were not popular yet and internet was not a thing, I attended 11 different colleges before finally graduating from Wayne State with my Master’s in Nursing Science in 2014.
Although my journey was long, I consider it an amazing blessing because I was able to try many different types of nursing. After earning my RN, I worked in a county hospital in Kansas, caring for medical/surgical patients, emergency room patients, and even obstetrics patients. In West Virginia, I worked on a rehab unit (hips and knees) for a bit, and then transferred to labor and delivery. In Korea, I had the privilege of working with soldiers and military families and found my passion in prenatal education. She became a certified childbirth educator and instructed classes in Kansas, West Virginia, and South Korea. She is also a certified physical fitness instructor-trainer for the U.S. Army Pregnancy Physical Training Program.
What made you want to be a certified nurse midwife?
I became a CNM because I felt unsupported during the delivery of my first child and I do not want any woman to experience what I went through. I am passionate about educating and encouraging women to be involved in the decision-making process; creating a birth story they will treasure for a life time.
What is your favorite part about being a CNM at Oakland Macomb OBGYN?
I love working in women’s health and being a part of the Oakland Macomb OBGYN team since 2015 has been a perfect fit for me. Our staff is a family. From the front desk, to the physicians, and everyone in between… we truly care for each other and for those we serve. We have the privilege of caring for some fantastic women. It is such an honor to be a part of their health care team, as they enter the different stages of their lives; from adolescence through menopause.
Outside of work, what do you do for fun?
When I am not at work, I am with my family. We have a ton of fun hanging out together. When our youngest comes home from college, we like to spend time on the lake or hanging at the house watching movies. When we have vacation time, we travel to wherever our oldest son and his family are stationed. We can’t get enough of our two grandbabies!
My hobbies are crafting and running. My favorite craft is scrapbooking. It is so fun to reminisce, turning photographs into art.
As for running; that is “my time” to turn my music up and get away from the stress and chaos of the day.
What can’t this wonderful lady do? Thank you for being you, Buffie, for serving your country and your Oakland Macomb OBGYN patients! We are so glad you’re part of our team!