Wayne Memorial’s 7th Annual Midwifery Mingle October 6
Midwifery: Birthing Naturally” is the theme for Wayne Memorial’s Annual Midwifery Mingle and High Tea slated for Thursday, October 6, from 2 pm to 4 pm at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale.
The annual gathering, held in celebration of National Midwifery Week, is hosted by Certified Nurse Midwives Patricia Konzman, Sheela Porter-Smith and Amy DeSorgher of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers’ Women’s Health Center. The event is cosponsored by Wayne Memorial Hospital’s New Beginnings Birthing Suites.
“The theme isn’t just about the birthing process itself. Although a natural birth may be the goal, everyone has a different story of what leads them to the birth they have,” stated Konzman. “We also encourage concepts after delivery such as skin-to-skin contact by mother and baby.”
Echoing the same sentiments, Amy DeSorgher adds, “We want to bring emphasis to some of the ways we support natural birth as well as the awesome resources available in the community for natural pregnancy and parenting.”
The event, complete with refreshments catered by Willow River Gallery and Café, vendor booths, educational displays and activities for the children, is free for women of all ages. Attendance has exceeded 100 for the past two years. Sponsorship opportunities are still being accepted. Merchants interested in becoming a sponsor and/or wishing to display their products at the Mingle are asked to call 570-253-8390 as soon as possible.
“The Mingle is always an enjoyable afternoon.” stated Porter-Smith. “Moms and kids alike enjoy the fun, relaxed atmosphere. We hope to see many of our midwifery clients and meet women who are interested in learning more about midwifery.”
Midwifery services including prenatal care, childbirth (including water births), gynecological exams, family planning and menopausal counseling are all provided by Wayne Memorial’s certified nurse midwives. All births have 24-hour physician back up. No home births are facilitated. To learn more about the full range of services offered by the obstetrician/gynecologists and certified nurse midwives at the Women’s Health Center, call 570-253-3005 or visit www.wmh.orgWMCHC.
Photo: Staff from the Women's Health Center is shown at The Cooperage preparing for the 7th Annual Midwifery Mingle and High Tea. Seated, left to right are Certified Nurse Midwives Sheela Porter-Smith; Patricia Konzman and Amy DeSorgher. Standing, Gloria Amberg, coding specialist; Barbara Manzione, RN, Healthy Beginnings Plus Care Coordinator I; Kara Poremba, RN, Healthy Beginnings Plus Care Coordinator II and Sally Chumard, medical assistant.