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Katrina Lertola

Katrina's studies include:

  • • 5 year program, earning a Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University

  • • 3 year program, currently in her third year, Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery


Katrina's background and experience:
Katrina was born and raised in New Jersey and was always drawn to wellness and medicine while she was growing up. She held jobs in various medical offices and attended different science and medical education programs.

Upon entering Rutgers University, Katrina decided to combine her enthusiasm for mathematics and medicine by majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She spent the majority of her education studying the way our bodies move and became very interested in prosthetic limbs. Still, Katrina could not stay away from her love for mothers and babies, and worked on a research project studying infant memory, while minoring in Psychology. Although she always knew in the back of her head that she was truly passionate about pregnancy and birth, she thoroughly enjoyed studying engineering. It was also at Rutgers where Katrina met her now husband, Dave.

After graduation Katrina worked in Washington D.C. for the Medical Division at the Federal Aviation Administration. She continued to work for the FAA when she moved to Oklahoma City for Dave’s job and then to Carlsbad, CA. Katrina then married Dave, who is a Marine Corps Officer and is stationed at Camp Pendleton. "I’ve really grown to love and appreciate the military, but also understand the hardships that come with such a demanding lifestyle. Military wives have a special strength and independence that I really admire."

It was in Southern California where Katrina took a big risk and quit her job with the FAA. Birth was calling and she needed to follow. After weighing her options, Katrina decided to become a Licensed Midwife through a direct entry program. She applied and was accepted to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and shortly after, began working with La Shel and Jamin at San Diego Midwife. She also works as a doula and placenta encapsulator and has attended around 50 births. Katrina is set to graduate in November of 2017 and will be licensed shortly after. She hopes to one day develop a continuous well-woman program for clients, ideally caring for women from puberty, through their pregnancies and menopause.

"I feel so fortunate that I felt birth and pregnancy in my bones and had the courage to leave my job to follow my passion. Practicing as a midwifery student has filled my heart and there is nothing more rewarding than supporting a woman in such an intimate and empowering way."


  • • Certified in Basic Life Skills

  • • Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation


Please contact Katrina with any questions you may have or to schedule your free consultation:

Katrina Lertola, Student Midwife

Tel (609) 744-2639