Hardy’s previous nursing experience encompasses maternal high-risk obstetrics, labor and delivery and post-partum. She earned her Master’s in Nursing from Yale University’s School of Nursing and is nationally certified as a nurse-midwife. Her master’s praxis examined the recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in nurse-midwifery practice. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan.
Her research interests include maternal mood disorders, and she is currently serving on a statewide task force examining the issue. Hardy also collaborates with a practicing nurse-midwife in the community to address stress reduction in women diagnosed with anxiety during pregnancy. She serves as the statewide coordinator for Postpartum Support International, a private nonprofit organization providing support to new families.
Hardy is a certified lactation counselor, childbirth educator and Happiest Baby on the Block educator. (The latter is a program that teaches new parents how to trigger the soothing reflex in their baby.) She has worked to educate the Vermont community on these issues in addition to maternal smoking cessation interventions. She formerly owned a company in Burlington providing postpartum doula services to new families.