Physicians, Midwives and Doulas
There are a number of professionals available to assist with your prenatal and childbirth experience including obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs), midwives and doulas.
OB/GYNs at ECHN
An OB/GYNs is a physician who has successfully completed specialized education and training in the medical and surgical management of pregnancy, labor, and the period of time directly following childbirth. See the OB/GYNs on ECHN's active medical staff.
Midwives at ECHN
A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is an obstetrics professional who supports healthy women during pregnancy and delivery. In addition, CNMs offer health care services to women of all ages and stages of life.
The certified nurse midwives credentialed through ECHN as allied health professionals are:
- Maura Aaberg, CNM
- Suzanne Barton, CNM
- Mary Guinan, CNM
- Michelle Killingsworth, CNM
- Russell Medberry, Jr., CNM
- Jaime Records, CNM
- Morgan Schopen, CNM
- Jennifer Tramantana, CNM
- Stephanie Welsh, CNM
Doulas at ECHN
A birth doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who supports the mother before, during and just after childbirth by providing physical and emotional support and information. The use of a doula on labor and early parenting has been shown to decrease certain interventions, shorten labor and reduce cesareans.
The ECHN Preferred Doula Program provides doula services to women who want or need additional support during their pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. Interested women are matched with specially trained, experienced and certified birth doulas. Fee for the service is $750.
The ECHN Mentor/Doula Program was created in 2003 through a grant from The March of Dimes to provide a nurturing ongoing service for pregnant women with maternal/fetal conditions that require specialized care. Eligible women must be planning to deliver at Manchester Memorial Hospital. This service is provided free of charge to those who qualify.
For more information on ECHN's Doula Program, please call Betsy Crayton, Perinatal Education Coordinator, at 860.647.4790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.