Ask the Right Question: The U.P. Access Question

Details and sources about access to maternity care are available at The Access Question. The graphics below focus on special circumstances in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Under each one, glosses are provided to UP-specific material for the benefit of downstaters and non-Michiganders.

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Midwife of the Week: Karen Kamyszek

karenkamyszekKaren 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!

Midwife of the Week: Laurie Zoyiopoulos

lauriezoyiopoulosLaurie Zoyiopoulos, CPM started her midwifery journey by offering postpartum care for some of her own midwife’s clients. A few years later, in 1990, Laurie began an apprenticeship with that midwife. She became a Certified Midwife through the Michigan Midwives Association in 1996 (a credential that is no longer offered) and went on to earn her CPM credential in 1998. Laurie owns Faithful Guardians Midwifery Service in Marion, MI and is a board member of the Michigan Midwives Association. She is active in supporting upcoming legislation to license and protect Michigan CPMs. Laurie also does her part to protect the future of midwifery by taking on apprentices in several different geographic areas. For more information about Laurie or the Michigan Midwives Association, visit faithfulguardiansmidwifery.com or michiganmidwives.org.

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!

Midwife of the Week: Geradine Simkins

Michigan’s Geradine Simkins, DEM, CNM, MSN didn’t expect midwifery to be her “real job,” just part of the movement to take back birth. Self-taught in midwifery in 1976, she subsequently worked as a certified direct-entry midwife (DEM) for 20 years. In the 1990’s she became a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) with an accompanying Master of Science in Nursing degree. Throughout her career she pursued her calling to move midwifery forward in the United States. She undertook leadership roles on the Board of Directors of the Midwife Alliance of North America for more than 15 years, including two terms as President and, more recently, as MANA’s first Executive Director.
Her book, Into These Hands, Wisdom from Midwives, is an anthology featuring the life stories of 25 remarkable women who have dedicated their lives and careers to the path of social change through midwifery. Though she retired from her action-packed career this spring in order to enter a period of rest and renewal, her legacy inspires us to continue the movement here in Michigan towards licensure. Hear her speak here about a window of opportunity in the United States maternity system.

Midwife of the Week posts originate on FoMM’s Facebook page and are archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment! This week’s post was written by Dawn Millar.