October 1, 2019

New Provider Profile: Certified Nurse Midwife Olubusola Olatunji, CNM, APN

Busola with instruments in background

Specialty : Midwifery, Obstetrics Gynecology

Locations: Albany Park, Devon

Olubusola Olatunji is a Certified Nurse-Midwife.  She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for her Masters of Science in Nursing.  Prior to joining Heartland Health Centers, she worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Labor and Delivery Nurse at St. Bernard Hospital.  She also got her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and practiced in Nigeria before moving to the U.S. Her professional interests include physiological birth, breastfeeding, and assisting women throughout their reproductive lifespan to make informed decision towards their health.  Olubusola is excited to serve women irrespective of their economic or cultural background. She is a native speaker of Yoruba. Busola joined Heartland Health Centers in 2019. 

We interviewed Busola to find out more about her background and her work, here were some of her comments: 

Describe your work at Heartland Health Centers–what’s a typical day?

Midwives manage low-risk pregnant patients.  If they are high-risk, we collaborate with OB-GYN doctors on staff.  As one of the Certified Nurse-Midwives here, I see pregnant patients for prenatal care through delivery and postpartum.  I also take newborn deliveries at Swedish Covenant Hospital.  

A typical day for me here includes providing care to pregnant patients, providing contraception counseling and management, STD screenings, and doing women wellness visits that include preventive care (example- pap smears and mammograms).  I also educate women on breastfeeding and assist them with latch-on problems they experience with their babies by identifying correct breastfeeding positions. Most of our patients successfully breastfeed their babies, it’s not a hard sell here. 

We serve a very diverse patient population, from all over the world as well as from here.  It’s an eye opener to learn about people’s cultures and relating to them in terms of women’s health. 

What’s your background? 

I was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria, the largest city in Sub-Saharan Africa.  I studied Bachelor of Nursing Science at the University there, the oldest one in the country.  

Before I came to the United States, I worked for five years as a nurse in Nigeria.  I took care of people all ages, from birth to death. I worked at the State House Clinic, which is similar to working at the White House clinic in America, and also garnered some working experience in very rural settings with poor power availability, ill-equipped medical supplies and high maternal morbidity rates.

I have a passion for taking care of people, underserved and the underprivileged. I was drawn to women’s health while trying to understand how to assist women to experience a satisfactory childbirth experience and to provide informed reproductive health care.  I also love the role of evidence based research and health education to improve patients’ well-being as I always educate patients on healthy lifestyle choices using published results from literature.

I applied to the University of Illinois at Chicago nursing program to expand my knowledge of women’s health in order to prevent bad outcomes during pregnancy.  My long term goal is to apply knowledge and skills acquired to assist women during pregnancy and childbirth in Nigeria to reduce its maternal mortality and morbidity. 

Do you have any health tips you’d like to share? 

I tell people to eat healthy and avoid a sedentary lifestyle by exercising for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.  Women tend to eat more carbs than their body actually needs, so they end up gaining excessive weight. Eating the right food balance, for example by increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables, is better and helps avoid some of those unnecessary carbs. 

Also, this time of year I encourage women who are pregnant to get their flu vaccine, because flu infection causes severe sickness especially with pregnancy. It’s better to get the flu shot than the flu virus.