Reflecting its new status as a legitimate health-care profession, Porter Hospital will soon introduce midwifery services to expecting mothers of Addison County. Certified Nurse-Midwife Martha Redpath will begin seeing mothers at her new Tapestry Midwifery, located on Armory Lane in Vergennes, starting July 1. Redpath will also provide delivery services at Porter Hospitals new birthing center. Midwives are specialists in pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. They assist women with healthy pregnancies and offer a natural-birth experience. Midwives are primary care givers providing general women's health care. Redpath holds a CNM issued by the American College of Nurse-Midwifery. CNMs, or Certified Nurse-Midwives, are licensed registered nurses who have completed additional and specialized training in the management of pregnancy and delivery; CNMs are also trained to deal with postpartum services. According to a recent news release issued by Porter Hospital, Pat Jannene, vice president for Patient Care Services at Porter, believes that the introduction of a nurse-midwifery service will provide area women with an additional option when deciding on prenatal care. The move will also position Porter in attracting women for its new birthing center. Every woman and every couple view their birth experience as a very special and important event--and most couples want to play a very active role in selecting the type of provider and type of environment they preferour goal is to provide here at Porter as many of the best options possible for both Jannene said. Additionally, our new birthing center... is ideally suited for the nature of nurse-midwifery practice, while maintaining appropriate and convenient access to both specialized medical care and facilities if unanticipated intervention is required. Redpath has 20 years of experience, in various capacities, supporting and caring for womenincluding providing the full scope of nurse-midwifery services such as the management of pregnancy, birth, postpartum care, exams and contraceptive care. She worked at the Gifford Hospital birthing center from 1987 to 2006, and is a resident of Vergennes. Redpath earned her nurse-midwifery certificate from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Kentucky, the first school of nurse-midwifery in the United States; she also holds a Masters degree and Bachelors of Science degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve and Duke universities.