Mary A. Heaney, CNM
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born and raised in Ireland. I was fortunate to receive a well-rounded medical education due to the fact I trained both in my home country and in the United States. My Irish training was clinically-focused while my American training complemented the theoretical and research aspects of my work.
About my practice
Upon becoming a registered nurse in Ireland, I did not follow in the footsteps of most nursing graduates to pursue midwifery, which was a prerequisite to work in country hospitals. Rather, I took a different path and traveled extensively. During my return from a trip to Saudi Arabia, I was offered a position at a well-regarded midwifery school and knew that it was fate. I accepted the job and never looked back. As a certified nurse midwife (CNM), my philosophy of care is patient oriented. I believe that a woman should be active in her care not only during pregnancy but for life. I find that pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and special times in a woman’s life and I allow my patients to lead while I encourage them along the way. My colleagues at the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group are a wonderful and compassionate group of people. I appreciate their focus on collaboration and providing the best research-based care possible to our members. While at Kaiser Permanente I plan to expand my knowledge base by taking courses that introduce progressive ways to care for new moms. I also hope to become more involved with our teen population.
How I thrive
I stay active physically by walking, cycling, swimming or practicing yoga throughout the week. To avoid feeling stressed or overwhelmed by everyday commitments, I strive to keep a balance between my home, work and social lives. My family and I are very adventurous and have sailed around the world for many years exploring different places. Being back on land, I have enjoyed doing things I couldn’t do at sea. I also love to fly and maintain a passion for all water sports.