Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Bon Secours Richmond OB-GYN, an obstetrics and gynecology provider of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, has established a midwifery practice at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in the West End of Richmond, Va. Three nurse-midwives will provide 24/7 quality midwifery care to women and their families — the first midwifery practice of its kind in the West End of Richmond.

Certified nurse-midwives bring an understanding of the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women during pregnancy. They are registered nurses with master’s degrees, post-master’s training and board certification by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

These specialty-trained providers will work with physicians at Richmond OB-GYN including Alice Hirata, M.D. and Sarah Peterson, M.D., in a caring, collaborative and compassionate manner.

"Midwives are a wonderful addition to our Richmond OB-GYN West End practice. Their enthusiasm for providing health care to women of all ages is contagious,‖ said Dr. Hirata.  This integrated, patientfocused model of care will be a real asset to our patients in this area.:

  1. Lee-Ann Parker, RN, MSN, CNM, enjoys all areas of women’s health and obstetrics, but she has a special place in her heart for young mothers. After 13 years as a labor and delivery nurse, she obtained her master’s in nursing, specializing in midwifery, from Frontier Nursing University. She is board certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board, and a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
  2. Dana Taylor, RNC, MS, CNM/WHNP-BC worked as a labor and delivery nurse for fifteen years before returning to school and graduating with honors with her master’s in nursing/ women’s health nurse practitioner. While working as a nurse practitioner, she completed a postmaster’s degree in nurse midwifery at Shenandoah University. Dana is board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife and has additional training in advanced fetal monitoring and colposcopy.
  3. Julie Weathers, MSN, CNM, has participated in over 1,000 births and describes assisting women who are delivering their babies as a rewarding experience every single time. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse in a small community hospital until she enrolled in the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. She completed the program in 2004 and has been practicing full-scope midwifery ever since. She is board certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board, and is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

While midwives are best known for helping with the birth process, they also serve women of all ages in all stages of life, providing professional, state-of-the-art medical care, including providing well-woman annual exams; providing complete prenatal and postpartum care for women with low-risk pregnancies; providing lactation and breastfeeding consulting; counseling women about family planning; helping women navigate menopause; and treating common gynecological problems and infections.

Richmond OB-GYN also provides midwifery services at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, serving women of all ages in all stages of life, providing professional, state-of-the-art medical care, including all areas of obstetrical and gynecological care as well as high risk pregnancies; urogynocology; threedimensional and four-dimensional ultrasound; digital mammography; reconstructive surgery and pelvic medicine services.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, call 804-320-2483 or visit

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About Bon Secours Richmond Health System Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs more than 8,400 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group. The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at eight award-winning hospitals. 

Most hospitals have a robust Volunteer Services program, offering various opportunities that fit many lifestyles. The volunteers range in age from teenagers to retirees. Hospital volunteer service is also a great fit for those who have a wide range of interests and availability. Volunteers serve in many areas throughout the hospital, directly assisting the patients, their families and visitors.

There are numerous ways that volunteers help others while helping themselves. Yes, you help yourself when you volunteer. Volunteer service provides mental and physical exercise, social outlets and educational opportunities; it also allows you to share your kindness and compassion with your community. A study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service has shown that volunteers who give at least 100 hours of service annually get the maximum health benefits from volunteering, such as lower rates of depression, lower mortality rates and greater functional ability. Do yourself and your community a favor — start volunteering today.

Christine Delaughter, CDVS
Certified Director of Volunteer Services
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
Richmond | 804.287.7575

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