Community Hospital celebrates midwifery week

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GRAND JUNCTIN, Colo. (KKCO) -- The new Community Hospital held an event Saturday for National Midwifery Week. The event was hosted by Grand Valley Midwives.

A certified nurse midwife, or C-N-M, is a registered nurse who has completed education in midwifery. A C-N-M provides safe care to women choosing an alternative method of childbirth to traditional styles.

“We get bonded to our patients, and toward the end of the pregnancy you're seeing them every week and you really get to know their stories and bond through their birth experience,” said midwife Analeisa Leonhardt.

Leonhardt said the celebration is a chance to get together again, “We miss them when they're away. We don't get to see their babies forever so events like this are fun.”

Since Community Hospital opened in March there have been nearly 100 midwifery births. The celebration included cake, punch, and a photobooth to commemorate the event.

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