Southampton Hospital and East End Advocates will celebrate National Midwifery Week with “Birth Monologues: An Evening of Birth Stories” on Friday, October 11, 7 to 9 pm at Parrish Memorial Hall, adjacent to the hospital at the corner of Lewis Street and Herrick Road in Southampton. The evening will also honor Betty Commander, long-time Nurse Manager of the hospital’s Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center. The public is invited to share their individual experiences. Refreshments will be provided.
Two midwives are on staff at Hamptons Gynecology and Obstetrics and have participated in many births at Southampton Hospital — Stacey Brosnan, CNM, NP, MS and Julia Chachere, CNM, MPH. Brosnan was appointed to a five-year term as the American College of Nurse Midwives representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee in August 2013. Chachere is a member of the NYS Perinatal Association. Both women are former board members of the NYS Licensed Association of Midwives.
In addition to attending births, midwives provide comprehensive healthcare to women from adolescence through menopause and beyond. These services include adolescent care, well-woman gynecology, family planning, preconception care, prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, lactation services and menopausal care. Midwives practice under a philosophy of care that empowers women to actively participate in their healthcare decisions. Under the Affordable Care Act, almost all insurance programs cover midwifery services including Medicaid and Medicare.