New midwife returns to the mountains

WARRENSBURG Shes named for a mountain that her grandfather hoped would become a ski resort. McKenzie Jones is a new member of the Hudson Headwaters Health Network, and is a certified nurse midwife. She is from Saranac Lake, where her grandfather had climbed Mt. McKenzie regularly to check on snowfall amounts. He thought it would be a better mountain for skiing than Whiteface,?she said. She is named after the mountain. McKenzie left the Adirondacks to get her degree in nursing at the University of Rochester and her masters from Stony Brook. After working as a nurse while her husband finished graduate school in North?Carolina, she returned to the mountains. I?heard about the job at Hudson Headwaters,?she said. I was so impressed with the network, it was really like something I had envisioned myself. Jones works mostly at the Warrensburg Health?Center, and at Glens Falls Hospital where she delivers babies. I love helping women understand their bodies and taking care of them,?she said. Jones said that pre-natal care should actually start before conception, something she is stressing for her patients. The brain and spinal cord develop in the first few weeks, so its important to take folic acid pre-conception,?she said. We learn about family history, personal exposures and immunizations. Even dental health matters, having gingivitis can lead to pre-term labor. Jones said that Hudson Headwaters is very accessible with sliding fees and a program for un-insured women. We have a program that offers free pap smears and follow up,?she said. Jones said she provides care for women from puberty to post-menopause, and helps with family planning.

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