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Assistant Professor, Midwives

Clinical Profile

Shannon Keller, CNM, MSN – UNC Health Care

Shannon Keller is a Raleigh native and born-and-bred Tar Heel. She graduated from the UNC School of Nursing and even attended her first birth at the UNC Labor and Delivery unit.  She was a labor and delivery nurse at Duke University Hospital for over 5 years as she completed midwifery school at East Carolina University. In 2015, she returned to Carolina to start her midwifery career and recently served on the Board of Directors for the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).  She volunteered for several years with ACNM supporting students and new midwives in the National organization. Now she appreciates precepting midwifery students and teaching OB-GYN residents the midwifery model of care.

She believes in the power of women as they give birth and in giving midwifery care that is evidence-based, individualized, and in partnership with the woman.  She has no agenda for gynecological visits or births, besides a positive birth experience, gentle pelvic exam, and supporting the wishes of the family and community she serves.  She appreciates the continuity of taking care of women and birthing parents through preconception, birth, postpartum, contraceptive care, and back to well woman visits. It’s why she became a midwife- to support patients as they develop as people and expand their careers and families. She considers this an honor to hold space for all members of the community as she gives excellent midwifery care.

The sisterhood of midwifery speaks so dearly to me now that my own kids were caught by midwives. The genuine interest and utmost respect we give to our patients… we also give to each other: listening deeply, loving those that are different from us, forgiving freely when we act human, and empathizing in life’s best and sometimes most heartbreaking moments. We are sister-midwives who care for our families like they are part of the sisterhood too.

Outside of work, Keller cherishes her family time in Apex, NC; cooking with her husband, playing tennis, relaxing at the Outer Banks and running after her two young boys.