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Release Date: 12/02/2016

The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) recently awarded a Golden Commendation to Women’s Care Midwifery Service, part of the Care New England Medical Group, for providing innovative and compassionate midwifery care to families for more than 20 years.

The practice – which includes Fiona Clement, CNM, MPH; Jennifer Hopley, CNM, MS; Maggie Kuch, CNM, MS; Linda Nanni, CNM, MS, FACNM; Lisa Pile, CNM, MS; Cynthia Siegel, CNM, MS; and Danielle Weisner, CNM, MS – was recognized at the ACNM’s recent regional meeting.  

Golden Commendations recognize practices across the country for helping to expand access to women’s health care and “putting the heart of midwifery into practice,” according to the ACNM website.  

Women’s Care Midwifery Service was opened in 1996 to provide the full scope of care to all women, from teenagers to the elderly.  

“In addition to offering care in our Providence office, we see patients in Woonsocket, East Greenwich, East Providence, at community health centers in Coventry and Cranston, and at two inner city offices,” says Nanni, a founding member of the practice and its current director. “This has allowed the entire population to have access to midwifery services regardless of location, social risk, ethnicity or medical risk. The ACNM award recognizes this legacy.  

“The spirit of midwifery lives and breathes within Women’s Care,” Nanni continues. “We put the patients’ needs and desires first. We seek to develop safe plans for birth regardless of whether the patient is low risk or more medically complex and requiring medical collaboration. We are especially enthusiastic about attending some of our births at Women & Infants’ Alternative Birthing Center.”  

Midwives with Women’s Care Midwifery Service are accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call the main office at (401) 727-4800.

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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