Meet the Midwives


Karen Ady, CNM    (pronounced Ay-dee like in lady)

Karen earned her associates degree in Nursing from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and her MSN from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky.

Karen became a midwife because she wants to be with women when they become mothers. Karen’s own birth experiences of her children have given her a unique perspective on maternity care and childbirth. She believes women should be listened to and wants all women to be treated with deep respect.

Karen moved to Grand Junction from Roosevelt, Utah. She and her husband Doug have eight children and twelve grandchildren. She looks forward to helping create an optimal setting for birth and to getting to know the moms and babies she serves at Mesa Midwives.

When she’s not working with women Karen enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing the piano.

Janet Grant, CNM

Janet discovered her passion for midwifery when she was in college in 1971. She met a midwife from California and was taught that birth is a normal part of a women’s life and needs to be supported and encouraged.

Janet loved the idea of being with women throughout the life process and especially during the miracle of birth.  Once she decided to become a nurse-midwife, it couldn’t happen fast enough for her.  Janet graduated Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO, in 1979, and began working in labor and delivery at St. Mary’s Medical Center. She received her certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, in 1982.

She returned to Grand Junction and began her practice. In August of 1983, Janet delivered the first baby in the area “born into the gentle hands of a nurse midwife”.  Since then, she has attended more than 5,200 births and every one is still special.  Guiding a woman and her family through labor and seeing her emerge into motherhood triumphant brings her great peace and happiness.