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Sarah Buttenwieser: Happy birthday to Center for Midwifery Care

To the editor:

Years ago, when faced with the potential loss of midwifery care at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the hospital did an extraordinary thing: it decided to open a center for midwifery care. Located in a big yellow house at the edge of the hospital grounds, that practice — the Center for Midwifery Care — just crossed the threshold on 871 births by its fifth birthday (you have to call it a birthday not an anniversary, right? The midwives catch those birthing babies!).

Although my babies aren’t babies any longer, I smile every time I walk into the big yellow house or happen by it, because I know that new family constellations receive nurturing, capable support from four incredible midwives and a doctor, along with other professionals. The sense of community fostered there is so critical for young, growing families. It’s so important, too, to strengthen the hospital’s mission to serve its entire community, from birth on out.

So, happy birthday to the Center for Midwifery Care and here’s to the next 871 births — and more after that.

Sarah Buttenwieser

Northampton

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