November 17, 2012
Dear Waco Center For Women’s Health,
The women and families of Central Texas commend Waco Center for Women’s Health for pioneering nurse midwifery care as an option for childbirth and well-woman care in our community. Christy Miller, Cindy Mabry and Galit Church have served their patients admirably, and they have firmly established natural childbirth as a safe and viable option at Providence Hospital. They have also brought to Waco the Centering Pregnancy option, an effective approach to improving birth outcomes.
Given the great strides which have been made in our community, we are deeply concerned following the recent news that Waco Center for Women’s Health intends to scale back this crucial service. Maintaining only one nurse midwife will clearly not be enough to serve the number of families who would like to choose midwife care. Furthermore, because a sole midwife cannot possibly remain on-call at all times, midwife patients will face the uncertainty of not knowing who their provider will be when they go into labor.
For these reasons, we strongly urge you to reconsider your decision to scale back Waco Center for Women’s Health’s Nurse-Midwifery services. Specifically, we urge you to consider the following:
- Maintain a minimum of two Certified Nurse Midwives to allow for adequate staffing and 24-7 call coverage.
- Continue the Centering Pregnancy Program
Thank you again for your service to the Waco community and for your serious consideration of our concerns.