June 21, 2005

Contact: Jenny Savage (505) 272-3690;Angela Heisel (505) 272-3651

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

After 23 years of leadership and service, Kay Sedler, CNM, chief of the midwifery division in the department of OB-GYN at the University of New Mexico , is stepping down from the position. Sedler, who has been an advocate for midwifery on both the national and local level, has helped to foster a sense of midwifery camaraderie and support within the Albuquerque community.

" New Mexico is the poster child for midwifery. Thirty percent of babies delivered in New Mexico are aided by midwives, compared to an average 10 percent in other states," Sedler said.

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses who have graduated from one of the advanced programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. CNMs provide prenatal, postpartum, normal newborn care and routine gynecological care to women.

Throughout her career, Sedler has encouraged midwifery involvement in education and research in the university setting. She has facilitated midwifery participation in the education of family practice and OB-GYN interns and helped introduce prenatal care in the First Choice Family Health Centers in Belen and Los Lunas. Sedler has earned the respect of her colleagues and under her leadership the midwifery division earned the "With Women for a Lifetime" award. Sedler will return to UNM in 6 months to continue clinical work.