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WCA Welcomes Midwife

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Debra Arndt, MS, Certified Nurse Midwife at Lane Women’s Health Group, on staff at WCA Hospital.
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From left, W.C.A. Foundation Board of Directors, newly elected board of director members, Brian D. Meagher, M.D., Patricia Phillips, Paul V. Webb III, Esq.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, December 28, 2010)—In response to a growing interest in delivery options among expectant mothers, Debra Arndt, MS, Certified Nurse Midwife, recently joined the Maternity Care Center staff at WCA Hospital, giving women a Midwife approach to care through each stage of a mother’s pregnancy.  Arndt will see patients at Lane Womens Health Group, located at 400 Foote Avenue, Jamestown, New York.  To schedule an appointment, please call (716) 484-9194.

Debra Arndt collaborates with Nancy Allen, M.D. and Robert Daniels, M.D., board certified obstetricians/gynecologists at Lane’s Women’s Health Group.  Mothers interested in an additional approach to delivery now have the option to have a Midwife oversee their pregnancy and birthing process at WCA Hospital.  A Midwife manages low-risk pregnancies with oversight from physicians to provide basic gynecological care. According to Nancy Allen, MD, board certified obstetrician/gynecologist on the medical staff at WCA, Debra Arndt adds a valuable dimension to the patient care experience at WCA.

“Debra is a great addition to our Maternity Care program,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “Debra’s role enables us to provide a full range of maternity care services which offers our expectant moms an additional choice for childbirth and enhances the options available to our patients.  It also demonstrates our commitment to provide responsive, accessible and high quality health care across the Chautauqua Region.”

“A Midwife is well-trained to manage labor and delivery for  mothers with low-risk pregnancies and is an important addition to the OB/GYN care we offer at WCA,” says Dr. Allen. “Midwives partner with patients and OB/GYNs to provide care and ultimately allow physicians to devote their time to patients with more complicated pregnancies. As a result, patients who desire more one-on-one time with the medical professional attending their deliveries can now have it.”

Debra Arndt, who received national certification through the American Midwifery Certification Board and is licensed to practice midwifery by the New York State Office of the Professions, encourages input from expectant mothers in determining the parameters around their individual deliveries.   “Midwives spend a lot of time with patients soliciting their input and debriefing them on the natural birthing methods we’re inclined to utilize,” says Debra Arndt. “My job is to provide women and their families with all the information needed to make the best birthing decision available to them.”

The WCA Hospital Maternity Center offers personalized education and tips for the whole family, pre-natal services, full maternity services and classes including birthing, prepared childbirth classes, breast feeding classes, C-section classes and newborn and child care, bonding classes for siblings, state-of-the-art fetal monitoring to help mothers prepare for the newborn’s arrival, birthing rooms with reclining chairs and newly remodeled private rooms and baths.  WCA also provides RTS (Resolve Through Sharing) Bereavement services.

“We offer a wide range of services to patients in a community health setting,” says Donna Barber, RNC, OB Coordinator at WCA.  “Medical services provided by physicians and now a Certified Nurse Midwife include everything from gynecological care, prenatal testing, and labor and delivery to postpartum care.  Our staff and care providers are a part of this community—they live here and work here.  Many patients travel from hours away because they know and trust the medical professionals who care for them at WCA.  We truly want our patients to have personal relationships with their care teams before, during and after the births of their newborns.”

To learn more about the Midwife model of care, contact Lane Womens Health Group at (716) 484-9194. To learn about services at the WCA Hospital Maternity Care Center, visit

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