Let's give our midwives the legal support they deserve!

Hi, My name is Larissa and I’m 8 months pregnant. Like all women, I want to feel in control of how I give birth and who is by my side. I was so grateful to have access to my midwife at Danbury Hospital.


Benefits of midwifery care include decreased infant mortality rates, decreased risk of needing a cesarean and increased chance of having a positive start to breastfeeding, just to name a few!


We all need more midwives but hospitals and the big business administrations are making it more and more difficult every year.

Women like me in Connecticut are now at risk of not getting the care and the birth experience that we choose because of the bullying from Danbury Hospital. I hope that we can come together in this fundraiser to support midwives and the women who need them.

 

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Demand Danbury Hospital to Respect Women's Choice for Midwife Care!

Women and their families wanting a voice and choice in how their care is managed are increasingly made to feel not welcome. Hospital administrators are demonstrating, by their actions against our midwives, that not only are we as midwives unwelcome, our patients are increasingly unwelcome as well.

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What you need to know

For over 20 years the midwives at Connecticut Childbirth and Women’s Center have helped deliver thousands of babies and created a reputation for their extraordinary level of care.

CCWC is a private practice that has had a long and wonderful relationship with Danbury Hospital, in fact, they continue to have a wonderful relationship with the doctors and nurses.

The problem started when Danbury Hospital was taken over by Nuvance Health. It became clear that the administration at Nuvance does not respect midwives, continuously finding ways to make their job difficult and most recently showing a complete overreach of power.

A patient at CCW sent a complaint to Danbury Hospital about a midwife even though the incident happened at the private practice. That same complaint was first reviewed by the midwives and it was determined that every protocol was followed, no harm was done to the patient and no outcome altered. You can read the details of this case (as much as they are able to share under HIPPA) on their Facebook page. Danbury hospital's admininstration took this one complaint from a private practice to take away all hospital privileges . It became abundantly clear to the midwives and their community that this complaint was a poor excuse to limit the midwives.

Without hospital privileges revokes this creates a staffing issue which may result in CCWC not being able to facilitate ANY hospital births.

If this complaint had happened to any doctor, a proper investigation would have taken place; instead, because of Nuvance administration’s lack of respect for midwives, they made a rash decision that took a competent midwife from our community and the mothers who need her.

SO WHAT DO WE DO? We demand that the Nuvance administration reinstate the midwife’s hospital privileges, and that they begin to show the level of respect that the midwives receive from their community, doctors and nurses. We will continue to march and email those in charge until that happens.

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Signed the petition? Great! Change.org will send an email on your behalf to hospital administrators. However, we will have even MORE of an impact if you also write a personal message.


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For women's choice.

This site is independently created and maintained by a patient of the Certified Nurse Midwives at the Connecticut Childbirth and Women's Center.

Hi, I go by Meg.


I feel so strongly about the need for women's freedom to choose midwifery care at Danbury Hospital, that I have created this page to share my story and resources.


While I may link to information shared by the Certified Nurse Midwives at the Connecticut Childbirth and Women's Center, this site is not officially affiliated with them.


It is my personal space to share my passionate belief in a women's right to choose what is best for her own body. 

Join me, or don't.

It's your choice.

XO,

Meg

 
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To contact Connecticut Childbirth and Women's Center use this information:

Cathy Parisi, Certified Nurse Midwife

Director, CT Childbirth & Women's Center

94 Locust Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 748-6000

ww.ctbirthcenter.com

info@ctbirthcenter.com

To contact Danbury Hospital administration, use this information:

  1. John Murphy, CEO and President, Nuvance Health Systems: john.murphy@nuvancehealth.org

  2. Aparna Oltikar, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Danbury & Norwalk Hospitals: aparna.oltikar@nuvancehealth.org

  3. Linus Chuang, Department Chair, Ob/Gyn: linus.chuang@nuvancehealth.org

  4. Dimitry Zilberman, Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine: dimitry.zilberman@nuvancehealth.org

  5. Gregory Rakow, Chairman, Board of Directors, Nuvance Health: grakow@fraleighandrakow.com

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