UVM Medical Center Midwifery Service Celebrates 50th Anniversary

UVM Medical Center Midwifery Service Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The University of Vermont Medical Center recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Midwifery Service, the second-oldest hospital-based midwifery program in the United States. Since the program’s start in 1968, more than 13,000 births have been managed by certified nurse-midwives, who have helped with nearly 20 percent of deliveries at the Burlington hospital.

Certified nurse-midwives assist with the maintenance of healthy pregnancies and provide education, counseling, prenatal care, hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support to mothers who opt-in for midwife care.

Marti Churchill, CNM, who is currently leading the program says that nurse-midwives are regularly sought after because studies show better outcomes associated with deliveries attended by nurse-midwives. “No pregnancy happens in a vacuum,” Churchill shared with the UVM Medical Center Newsroom. “We attend to the mother’s psychosocial and emotional health and assess how she takes care of herself, her access to healthy food, how is she treated in her workplace, her housing situation — everything that can have an impact on a positive outcome.”

The UVM Medical Center Midwifery Service was founded by Dr. John Maeck, chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, in tandem with Clair Lintilhac, a retired nurse and English-trained midwife. Lintilhac went on to provide financial support of the program once it expanded in 1978; that support has continued today through the Lintilhac Foundation. The Midwifery Service has continued to grow and include research sabbaticals, a lactation clinic, and a perinatal mental health service.

The program also includes a weekly Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic, which provides mothers with high-risk or complicated pregnancies to receive care from both midwives and physicians. Kelley McLean, MD, is medical director of the Midwifery Service and knows that their patients are hardpressed to find the same kind and quality of care elsewhere for their pregnancies.

“I’m not aware of any other clinic like it in the country,” McLean said. “It is great to see these patients benefitting from a range of expertise in an integrated fashion.”

For more information about the UVM Medical Center Midwifery Service, click here.

University of Vermont Medical Center Creates Nurse Residency Program

University of Vermont Medical Center Creates Nurse Residency Program

The University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center has created a residency program to help new nursing graduates successfully transition to the workplace. The program is designed to help ease the transition from classroom to bedside and research shows that this kind of program promotes quality and safe care, and reduces turnover rates for first-year nurses.

The one-year experience is open to all graduating nurses hired by UVM Medical Center with licensing from an accredited school. The first class of new graduates consists of 23 nurses and the program will eventually graduate 75-90 nurses each year.

UVM’s Nurse Residency program is based on the Vizient and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Vizient/AACN) Nurse Residency Program. The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program has provided healthcare organizations with a transition-to-practice program for new graduate nurses since 2002 and is recognized by the Institute of Medicine as a model program.

Kate Fitzpatrick, Doctor of Nursing Practice and chief nursing officer, tells VTDigger.org, “Bringing the Vizient Nurse Residency to UVM Medical Center is an important part of our strategic plan for nursing. This program assures we’ll provide a welcoming, evidence-based experience for those transitioning to the profession. We know that when nurse leaders and educators engage with and support new graduates, it increases satisfaction and retention.”

UVM’s nurse residency curriculum includes lessons on leadership, critical decision-making, quality outcomes, and incorporating research-based standards into daily care. All class members are required to complete an evidence-based practice project during their residency year.

Sharing their experiences with other new nurses working in other units and specialties creates a sense of camaraderie between nurses in the program, setting them up for success as new nurses transitioning to the bedside for the first time. To learn more about UVM Medical Center’s nurse residency program, visit here.