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Published on October 04, 2016

Mount Auburn celebrates 13,000 midwife-assisted births

By Vanessa Nason, GLOBE CORRESPONDENT Originally published 10/4/2016

babyOn May 17, Yuma Nguyen came into the world at 9 pounds, 2 ounces, much to the delight of his Winchester parents, Yvonne Cao and David Nguyen.Yuma’s arrival marked a milestone at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, where he was the 13,000 midwife-assisted birth.“[I was] so excited to deliver the 13,000th baby,” said Megan MacInnes, one of 30 certified nurse-midwives at Mount Auburn.

The birth of the hospital’s 13,000th midwife-assisted baby is especially celebratory this week, which marks National Midwifery Week.

Although only 18 work full time, the large staff makes Mount Auburn one of the largest nurse-midwifery groups in the state, according to Margi Coggins, the director of the hospital’s midwife division. It’s also one of the oldest, having begun the practice in 1983.“We were just recognized by the American College of Nurse-Midwives as a nationally known best practice in terms of [having a small] low birth weight and our preterm labor rates,” said Coggins.

Cao said she was very happy with the care she received, and it helped shape her decision to deliver her second baby with a nurse-midwife rather than an ob-gyn. She delivered her first son with the midwives at Mount Auburn, and “I would deliver there again if I have another baby.“When I was in the hospital, I had a whole team taking care of me,” she said. “They were all very great, very warm, very caring.

“I had a high level of personal care, and spent more time with them than a traditional ob-gyn could provide,” Cao said.

That, said Coggins, is one of the benefits of midwifery: to be able to establish a relationship with the mother and care for them before delivery, while in labor, and post-partem.

“We support them and we know what they medically need,” she said.


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