On October 7, Mayor Feinen presented a proclamation honoring Carle midwives as part of National Midwifery Week, October 4-10.
In part, the proclamation explains: Midwives have been a vital and growing part of the advancement of sexual and reproductive health services in the Champaign-Urbana community for more than 30 years, and are responsible for seeing thousands of mothers and babies each years. This week gives us an opportunity to recognize the important role of midwives – whether assisting a pregnant person as they give birth, or providing personalized health care, midwives are truly dedicated and essential providers.
Carle has one of the oldest and largest midwifery programs in Illinois, second only to Chicago for the number of providers and the age of the program. Along with providing an excellent standard of care, local providers are also working to train the next generation of nurse-midwives, with students in the University of Illinois Chicago Nursing Program receiving training from veteran providers in our hospitals.
Accepting the proclamation from Mayor Feinen were Carle Midwifery Services team members Ellen Solis, DNP, CNM; Hannah Phelps, MSN, CNM; and Sarah Procro, MSN, CNM; as well as Lisa Siegwald, RN, MSN manager; and Kayla Banks, PhD, RN, NEA-BC.