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					              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 / carolyn.levesque@pemreghos.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.

				
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