Karen Kamyszek served Northern Michigan, and at times Canada, for over thirty years. Even when she was not fully compensated for her work, Karen would often travel long distances to provide care in the northeast Upper and Lower Peninsulas, which remain underserved areas to this day.
For sixteen years, Karen lived in and cared for Forty Mile Point Light in Rogers City, which led to her nickname of “Lighthouse Midwife.” She was the Assistant Educational Director for the Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery and served on the Board of the Michigan Midwives Association for two years. In 2006, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Traditional Midwives.
Karen died of breast cancer in 2007. For more information on Karen Kamyszek, visit http://traditionalmidwife.com/Karen.html.
This Midwife of the Week post was written by Valerie Meharg. It originated on FoMM’s Facebook page and is archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!