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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 17, 2004

UI Nurse-Midwives Reach Delivery Milestone, Expand Staff

The area's only nurse-midwife program is seeing some big changes with a recent expansion of its staff and a delivery milestone.

The Nurse-Midwifery Service at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently added a third nurse-midwife to its staff of two professionals. Earlier, the service celebrated the arrival of its 1,000th baby since the program began in February 1993.

Paula Eveleigh is now working with fellow certified nurse-midwives, Anne Peacock and Lynne Himmelreich to care for healthy women during their childbearing years. Peacock is a graduate of the University of Mississippi Nurse-Midwifery Educational Program. Himmelreich and Eveleigh are graduates of Boston University School of Public Health.

For centuries, women have looked to midwives for advice and assistance in childbirth. Today's certified nurse-midwives carry with them a wonderful history of caring for women. They continue the tradition of personal, family-centered care as a highly skilled professional. They bring with them an understanding of today's technology, blending the best of that technology with high-touch care.

In addition to complete obstetrical care for healthy women, UI Hospitals and Clinics Nurse-Midwifery Service also offers preconceptual counseling and gynecological care, including breast examinations, Pap smears, family planning, and consultation and/or referrals to staff physicians, mental health services, dietitians, social workers and physical therapists, according to patient needs. Appointments are scheduled with plenty of time to listen to concerns and answer questions.

For more information about nurse-midwifery in general, see the web site of the American College of Nurse-Midwives at www.midwife.org. For more information about UI Hospitals and Clinics Nurse-Midwifery Service, or to set up a free "get to know the midwife" consultation, call 319-356-7038, 319-356-7002 or 319-356-1936. For an appointment call 319-356-2294. 

UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's first and only hospital to receive the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence from the American Nurses Association (ANC). The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the credentialing arm of the ANA, awards the coveted honor, which is granted only to hospitals that undergo a rigorous, voluntary evaluation process. The ANA has demonstrated that hospitals that meet their stringent requirements provide positive patient outcomes, recognize excellence in nursing services and reward professional nursing achievement. Only about 100 hospitals in the United States have earned the award.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.