Your Team

Karen Pope, CNM

Karen became interested in helping people have babies during her third pregnancy and first homebirth in 1999.  Shortly after, she became a doula and childbirth educator. In 2005, she graduated with her ADN in nursing from Tulsa Community College and her family moved to Tucson, where she went to work in a high volume, high risk labor and delivery unit.  She went to midwifery school at Frontier Nursing University and graduated in 2015 with her Masters in Nursing. She became a certified nurse-midwife in 2016.  Karen enjoys spending time with her 6 children, 4 dogs, 3 cats, one guinea pig, and one rabbit. Her hobbies include playing video games and working on craft projects, usually crochet or cross stitch.  Karen is very excited that the dream of opening her own home birth midwifery practice has finally come true and looks forward to continuing to serve the Tucson community.

Birth Assistants

Samantha Struve, RN

Samantha's interest in nursing and patient care came about because she has a brother with Cystic Fibrosis. She attended Pima Community College and spent her final clinical rotation at a labor and delivery unit. She graduated with her Associates in Nursing in 2018. Samantha continues to be passionate about helping bring new life into the world. When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs, hiking, going to the gym or playing video games.

Justin Pope, RN, BSN

Justin has been involved with midwifery and homebirth for over 20 years, and all of his children have been born at home, underwater. He earned an Associates Degree in Nursing from Tulsa Community College in 2005 and his Bachelors of Nursing from Western Governors University in 2018. In addition to his clinical role with Graceful Beginnings, Justin also provides administrative assistance and website design. His personal hobbies include collecting and maintaining vintage computers as well as volunteering with several local animal advocacy non-profits.

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