Wayne Memorial’s 6th Annual Midwifery Mingle Slated for October 1

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Wayne Memorial’s Annual Midwifery Mingle and High Tea hosted by Certified Nurse Midwives Patricia Konzman and Sheela Porter-Smith will be held on Thursday, October 1, from 2 pm to 4 pm at The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale.

Based on positive feedback from those who attended last year’s Mingle, The Cooperage has been selected as the venue for the second year in a row with catering provided by Ant Hill Farm Kitchen.  Over 15 sponsors and presenters will be manning display tables inside the building while the parking area will be closed off as a dedicated location for children’s activities.

 “We’re hoping for the same great weather we had last year,” stated Porter-Smith.  “Opening up the space by allowing the moms and kids to enjoy storytelling and a sing-along outdoors will add to the fun.”

The event is jointly sponsored by Wayne Memorial Hospital’s New Beginnings Birthing Suites and the Women’s Health Center, part of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) in recognition of National Midwifery Week, officially observed from October 4th to 10th this year.  Women of all ages and their children are invited to attend this free celebration to learn more about midwifery, visit vendor and education booths and share experiences.

“Local organizations and businesses have really come forward again this year to be part of our event,” stated Konzman. “In addition to activities for children, women will have an opportunity to learn more about local resources available to help achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Displays, booths and activities will be provided by:  Mount Pleasant Herbary; Minerva Educational and Wellness Treatment Center; Jo Rob’s Naturals-Natural and Organic Food Market; Lynn Potter Acupuncture; Wayne County Family Center; Journey’s End Farms; Hawley Library; Wayne County YMCA; Maternal Family Health Services; Roots Yoga, Lacawac Sanctuary and the Bethany Children’s House.  The following Wayne Memorial departments and services will also be represented: New Beginnings Birthing Suites; physical therapy; nutrition; breastfeeding and childbirth education; Together for Health Dental Center and outreach and enrollment.

Those wishing to make a reservation for the Mingle or merchants interested in becoming sponsors are asked to call 570-253-8390 as soon as possible. Due to limited parking, attendees are encouraged to park in the Wayne Memorial Hospital parking lot located behind The Cooperage building.

Midwifery services have been available at Wayne Memorial Hospital for more than 20 years.  Prenatal care, childbirth (including water births), gynecological exams, family planning and menopausal counseling are all provided by certified nurse midwives.  All births have 24-hour physician back up.  No home births are performed. To learn more about the full range of services offered by the obstetrician/gynecologists and certified nurse midwives at the Women’s Health Center, call 570-253-3005 or visit www.wmh.org\WMCHC.

(PHOTO) Staff from the Women’s Health Center is shown outside The Cooperage preparing for the 6th Annual Midwifery Mingle and High Tea. Seated, left to right are Patricia Konzman, CNM and Sheela Porter-Smith, CNM.  Standing, Barbara Manzione, RN, Healthy Beginnings Plus Care Coordinator I; Sally Chumard, medical assistant; Kathy Gilmore, medical assistant and Kara Poremba, RN, Healthy Beginnings Plus Care Coordinator II.

(Information from Marie Diehl)

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