UNM Hospital has joined communities across the nation in honor of Nurse Midwives Week, October 1 through 7. "With Women for a Lifetime," is the theme for the week. The event salutes the contributions that nurse midwives make to the health and well-being of women and their families.

Midwives focus on women's health care focusing primarily on pregnancy, childbirth, the post partum period, care of the newborn and the family planning and gynecological needs of women.

The campaign, sponsored by the American College of Nurse Midwives, is an effort to educate women that midwives do a lot more than assisting in childbirth. Certified nurse midwives, who are educated in both nursing and midwifery, also provide gynecological care, cancer screening and perimenopausal care.

"Few other professionals affect so many people in such a lasting way as midwives," said Kay Sedler, division chief of UNMH midwives. " Nurse Midwifery Week is a good time to recognize the contributions that midwives make to women's health within our community and to remember those special midwives who made a difference in women's lives since the early 1920's."

UNM Hospital currently has 12 midwives on staff: Dympna Bartlett, Ellen Craig, Ginie Capan, Betsy Greulich, Martha Kayne, Robyn Lawton, Regina Manoccio, Deb Radcliffe, Marty Rode, Beth Tarrant and Kay Sedler, division chief.
Contact: HSC Public Affairs, 272-3322