A Moment With Holly Houston, CNM...

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Holly Houston is a Certified Nurse-Midwife who also provides informed-consent care for transgender people in the Nashville community. Read on to learn more about Holly and the specialized services she offers at Connectus.

Can you give us an overview of the services you provide to transgender patients? At Connectus we provide gender affirming hormone therapy, as well as primary healthcare. We are also able to help coordinate mental health and social services as needed.

What is the most rewarding aspect of providing this type of specialized care? Gender-affirming hormone therapy is life saving medical care. Being able to partner with patients to work out a plan of care that helps them feel more like themselves is a rewarding process.

International Transgender Day of Visibility is March 31. What is one thing you would say to the Nashville community on this day? Remember to use your manners. Be kind to others, do what you can to make them feel comfortable. Everyone is a person first, so be friendly, be polite, and remember that people sometimes just want their privacy. 

What do transgender patients who are considering using Connectus as a healthcare provider need to know? Our entire team will work to provide you with respectful, collaborative care. We are focused on being a healthcare home, so we offer gender affirming hormone therapy as well as primary care and a connection point for mental health and social services.

What is the best way for friends and family of transgender persons to support them through a transition and otherwise? First of all, ask your loved one what they need from you. Be prepared to provide a helping hand, an ear to listen, or just to give them space. Take the time to find resources to help you learn about transition, rather than expecting your loved one to be your source of information. Most of all, let them know that you continue to love and support them.

Why did you become a Certified Nurse-Midwife? To begin with, I fell in love with birth. Now, I most value the collaborative model of care, where my job isn't to tell my patients what to do, but to provide the best information I possibly can, in order to help them make the best decisions for themselves.

Fill in the blank. If I weren't a CNM, I would be a _____. Librarian, or a baker, or a tomato farmer.

Jay Sheridan