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Mayor proclaims Midwifery Week

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Megan Shepard, CNM, and Deanna Donnell, CNM, look on as the mayor speaks at the Midwifery Week tea and proclamation on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.
(Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)
Staffers crowded into the atrium at Fitzgibbon Hospital Monday, Oct. 8, in recognition of care relatively new to Marshall: midwifery.

Since 2002, Fitzgibbon has provided midwifery services to women in the community, and according to Deanna Donnell, Certified Nurse-Midwife, the services have continued to grow.

"No one was really overconfident about how well it would do in Marshall," she said Monday after a proclamation of Nurse-Midwifery Week. "I've been really surprised and ...I've learned a tremendous amount in a really wonderful organization that took a risk."

Donnell and Megan Shepard, CNM, have branched out from their roles of working with women ready for birth to caring for those who've been sexually assaulted.

"... (It's) a big undertaking. Now we are available for (those circumstances)," Donnell continued. "We're with women for life. We're really grateful that you've given us this opportunity."

Mayor Mark Gooden signs the proclamation for Midwifery Week at Fitzgibbon Hospital on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 as President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Ott looks on. There are two midwives at Fitzgibbon Hospital: Deanna Donnell, CNM, and Megan Shepard, CNM.
(Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)
Ron Ott, president and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital, said he couldn't imagine two better CNMs for the community.

"I think we're very fortunate to have these young women here to supplement and to really add a lot of special care for women. ... It's (for) their whole health," Ott said.

For centuries, midwives have assisted women pre-labor through the postpartum period, but care has expanded to provide primary care as well. A proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 7-13 as National Midwifery Week, signed by Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden, read: "Midwives have been a vital and growing part of the advancement of women's health in Marshall ... and responsible for 8 percent of all births in the United States."

"(The) week acknowledges the important role that midwives play in women's lives, whether assisting a woman whole she gives birth or providing personalized well-women health care," Gooden said.

The recognition week was incepted by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, which is the oldest women's health care organization in the nation, according to the ACNM website.

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-- Posted by KW on Tue, Oct 9, 2012, at 7:08 PM

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