Mayor Dolan Declares Lynchburg Midwifery Week

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Mayor Dolan Declares Lynchburg Midwifery Week

Monday, October 4, 2021

For Immediate Release

Mayor Dolan has proclaimed October 3-9, 2021 Lynchburg Midwifery Week. This recognition coincides with National Midwifery Week. National Midwifery Week was created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives to celebrate midwives and educate communities about midwife-led care. The celebration is particularly special this year with the passage of House Bill 1817 granting full practice authority to Certified Nurse-Midwives in Virginia and House Bill 1320 Senate Bill 1952 granting licensure to Certified Midwives, making it possible for all midwives certified in the US can be licensed to practice in the Commonwealth.

This year's theme is "Midwives for Every Community." Midwives play a key part in every community and believe every person has a right to equitable, ethical, accessible, quality health care. Individuals and communities are empowered by the midwifery model of care, which fosters compassionate collaborations and personalizes care based on each person's life experiences and expertise.

Erin Baird, a Certified Nurse Midwife and Medical Director of Women’s and Children’s Services for Centra remarks, “Thanks to Mayor Dolan and the City of Lynchburg for the continued support and advocacy for midwifery care in all settings. We are thankful for the support within Centra and with our physician colleagues to provide the highest quality in maternity care. We are excited to continue to grow midwifery in the Lynchburg area and thankful to the families who allow us to serve them.”

In Lynchburg, Certified Nurse-Midwives provide care at Centra Medical Group’s Women’s Center Forest, Lynchburg Women's and Pediatrics at Johnson Health Center, and Women's Health of Central Virginia. Licensed Midwives provide care at Traditional Midwifery of Lynchburg, Heart of Lynchburg Midwifery, Nine Moons Midwifery, and Trilium House Birth Center.