Mid Coast Hospital Celebrates Midwifery Week with Open House

When Liana Thompson Knight had to decide the type of care she wanted for the birth of her first child, she surprised even herself by choosing midwifery. Before this pregnancy, she didn’t even know what midwifery was, but the more she learned about this practice, the more she realized it offered the services and support that she wanted.

National Midwifery Week takes place October 7 – 13. 2012. Come learn more about the practice of Midwifery in your community at Mid Coast Hospital’s National Midwifery Week Open House on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. This event will include refreshments and a brief presentation outlining the full range of women’s health care services provided by the certified nurse-midwives at Mid Coast Hospital. It will also include a tour of the Women’s Health Care and Maternity Care Centers, the birthing rooms, and the water birth space.

In addition, you will have a chance to meet the Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) at Mid Coast Hospital. These accredited professionals have earned master's degrees in their profession. They are trained in nursing and have passed national and state licensing certification exams. They offer specialty pregnancy and birthing services such as CenteringPregnancy and water births, and are fully supported by the hospital’s Obstetrics/Gynecology doctors.

The midwifery services at Mid Coast Hospital encompass a full range of health care services for women from adolescence through menopause. These services include gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, as well as care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Midwifery care also includes health promotion, disease prevention, and individualized wellness education and counseling.

"National Midwifery Week is a good time to recognize the many important contributions midwives make toward women's health within our community," noted Ross H. Cunningham, Practice Manager for Women's Health Care at Mid Coast Hospital. “In addition to attending to births, our certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) provide personalized, comprehensive health care to women throughout their lifespan.”

“I think a lot of women could benefit from learning more about midwifery care,” stated Liana Thompson Knight who gave birth to her daughter at the end of April. “My experience with the midwifery team at Mid Coast Women’s Health Care at Mid Coast Hospital was wonderful. When I learned about the concept of CenteringPregnancy and the dynamic learning and group support it offered, I decided that it was right for me.

"Having my first child and not knowing many people in the area, I found it very helpful. It provided a way for me to meet others that were going through the same experience and allowed my husband to participate in the prenatal experience in a more involved way. The facility is excellent and I was comforted knowing that the team closely collaborates with and has the full support of Mid Coast Hospital’s OB/Gyn doctors.

"Natalie (Rockwell, MSN, CNM) and Suzy (Zimmerman CNM) offered me, my baby, and my family attentive, expert care. During my pregnancy, the midwife team counseled me on my birthing options and enabled me to make educated decisions about my birthing plan. During the birthing process, they supported my wishes, were in tune with my needs, and offered helpful advice. I felt very well taken care of and supported," she said.

The Mid Coast Women’s Health Care team has also recently added a wonderful and experienced CNM, Angela Ripley, to the team, creating a stronger and more supportive group.

National Midwifery Week is supported by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, its members, physicians, and women's health organizations across the nation.

For more information on Mid Coast Hospital’s National Midwifery Week Open House, contact Suzy Zimmerman, CNM at (207) 721-8710 or email szimmerman@midcoasthealth.com.