Nothing is quite as awe-inspiring as welcoming a newborn into the world. As a nurse and midwife, I've been privileged to comfort thousands of laboring women and welcome more than 550 Minnesota babies into my waiting hands. Whether arriving with a robust cry or stunned silence, each is imbued with human dignity and promise. I worked knowing that each mother and baby deserved my full attention and expertise, and I believe that each child, woman and man deserves quality care and secure health coverage. Most Minnesotans, I'm convinced, share this emotional instinct.