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      Nurse-Midwives deliver 20 years of caring

      The Certified Nurse-Midwives of Toledo celebrated the 20th anniversary of its practice Monday at Promedica Toledo Hospital.

      Employees and physicians were treated to hors d'oeuvres and the melodic piano accompaniment of Promedica's own Michael Dyal. Guest speakers honored the accomplishments of the program, and the midwifery services the nurses have provided to women and families throughout the years.

      "Ladies just think of the legacy you leave in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan," said OBGYN Chairman Dr. Anne Ruch. "Phenomenal, and I'm just so proud of each and every one of you."

      The practice has participated in the births of over 24,000 babies since its inception in 1992. Since then, over 10,000 midwives have been cared for and delivered.

      "We see our patients in the office doing prenatal care from the very beginning of their pregnancy all the way through," said Nurse-Midwife Erica Krause. "Anything that may come up during their lifetime that they need a midwife for."

      Allison and Patrick Fox were on hand to describe their experience delivering both of their children with a midwife. "That high level of personal care was carried throughout our experience of both pregnancies," said Allison Fox. Her husband Patrick added, "Not once did the midwife look at her watch thinking she has another appointment. She took the time to answer any question we had about any part of having a child."

      Lucas County Commissioner Tina Wozniak presented the program with the "Lucas County Frog," a statue that honors the staff's dedication to their work that "makes changes and has helped so many lives."

      President-Elect of American College of Nurse-Midwives, Ginger Breedlove, introduced Our Moment of Truth , a campaign with a mission to "improve women's health and maternity care in the United States by re-introducing midwives and midwifery care as important options that should be the norm for women's health care services." The event kicks off National Midwifery Week between October 7-13th.

      Did you or someone you know deliver a baby with a midwife? What was the experience like? Let us know on our Facebook fanpage .