Pembroke Regional Hospital Welcomes Madawaska Valley Midwives FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2009 PEMBROKE – The Pembroke Regional Hospital and Dr. Lawrence Onochie, Chief of Obstetrics are very pleased to announce that registered midwives Leslie Chapley and Kilmeny Heron have been granted privileges to practice at the Hospital. The Madawaska Valley Midwives will be fully integrated into the Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics, offering a different type of birth experience for women with low-risk pregnancies. “Today’s announcement is the successful result of much planning and preparation by members of our Medical Staff, the midwives, our administration and countless others who worked hard to see this day come to pass,” said Hospital President and CEO Pierre Noel. “For a time we were down to having only one obstetrician and we needed to get to a point where we had a full complement of specialists to guarantee a safe birthing environment for our mothers and babies,” Mr. Noel said. In addition, policies and procedures had to be developed and agreed upon which would provide a well-defined role for the midwives, the process for integration and for the transfer of care, if necessary. Dr. Onochie said all of this took time but knowing the eventual integration of midwives into the Hospital setting was the voiced desire of many women and families within the community, the effort has been well worth the effort. “This has been a real team effort and having the midwives join us in a well-prepared setting will enhance the birth experience for those women who elect to have a midwife- assisted birth,” said Dr. Onochie, adding that these sentiments echo those of his colleagues Dr. Ashraf Yacoub, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee and family physician Dr. Brian Baxter who also performs deliveries. The Madawaska Valley Midwives have been practicing in Renfrew County for four years and offer clinics at both the Petawawa Centennial Family Health Centre and at the Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre in Killaloe. “Many people have contributed to our integration into the Pembroke Regional Hospital,” Ms. Heron said. “The Hospital administration, the obstetrical team, the nurses, local physicians and our clients have all played their part in supporting the integration of midwifery into the Pembroke Regional Hospital.” “We look forward to being a part of the obstetrical team and working collaboratively to offer another option for women in the area with low-risk pregnancies,” added Ms. Chapley. Midwifery care is free to women living in Ontario with funding provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and involves primary care to women during pregnancy, labour, birth, including normal vaginal deliveries, and providing care to mothers and babies during the first 6 weeks postpartum. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Carolyn Levesque, Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator (613) 732-3675, ext. 6165 / firstname.lastname@example.org Madawaska Valley Midwives - Biographies Leslie Chapley, Registered Midwife Leslie’s interest in midwifery started in the early 1990’s. When midwifery became legislated in 1993, she began to pursue it as a career. After studying midwifery in Texas, Leslie entered the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. Her clinical placements were in Thunder Bay, Kingston and Ottawa and her community and obstetrical practicums were at the Pembroke Regional Hospital. After graduation in 2004 Leslie worked with the Midwives Grey Simcoe, with privileges at Grey Bruce Health Services – Owen Sound, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and South Bruce Grey Health Services – Walkerton. After one year in Owen Sound, Leslie moved back to Renfrew County to start her own midwifery practice with Kilmeny. Kilmeny Heron, Registered Midwife The idea of pursuing midwifery as a profession began during her first pregnancy and the birth of her daughter in 1994. Not satisfied with employment prospects after completing a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo, Kilmey realized she needed the challenge and fulfillment that midwifery offered. She was accepted into the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University shortly after the birth of her son in 1997. Kilmeny chose to complete the program part-time over the course of 7 years. Her student midwifery placements were primarily in Toronto, as well as Kitchener-Waterloo. After graduating in 2004, she accepted a position with the St. Lawrence Valley Midwives, a small rural practice serving a large rural catchment area between Ottawa and the St. Lawrence River. Kilmeny had privileges at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital where they had a full scope of practice and enjoyed excellent working relations with the obstetrician, family physicians and nurses.