Summit County welcomes only certified nurse midwife |

Summit County welcomes only certified nurse midwife

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Summit County’s only certified nurse midwife is back at High Country Healthcare, the company announced this month.

Heather Boucher returned to High Country’s OB/GYN Specialists practice, 360 Peak One Drive in Frisco, to offer women additional health care choices.

“High Country Healthcare continues to offer patient-driven, family-empowering care to the community,” said Rhonda Koehn, High Country Healthcare’s CEO, in a written statement. “Heather’s return to OB/GYN Specialists further advances our shared-team practice philosophy and enables us to offer expanded models of obstetrical care.”

As part of the High Country Healthcare team, Boucher offers a wide range of obstetrical and gynecological services, including addressing health concerns, providing annual exams and contraception consultations and assisting with Caesarian sections and other surgeries.

Along with Dr. Javier Gutierrez, Boucher also facilitates High Country Healthcare’s CenteringPregnancy initiative, an interactive educational program for expectant families. CenteringPregnancy aims to promote health in mothers and babies to reduce the need for Caesarian sections, among other health benefits, according to the release.

High Country Healthcare is the only certified center in the region offering CenteringPregnancy, a Yale University-developed program funded through March of Dimes.

“Certified Nurse Midwives emphasize a woman’s active participation in their own health care decisions, acknowledging a woman’s life experiences and culture, as well as personal preferences,” Boucher said in a news release. “We incorporate all of these elements to provide personalized, holistic care.

“During the birth process, my role is to address a woman’s changing preferences from both a medical and therapeutic communications standpoint.”

The word “midwife” literally means “with woman” and the choice to involve a certified nurse midwife as part of a health care team is a growing trend, the release stated.

In 2009 midwives attended 8.1 percent of all births in the United States, which was a record high according to the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.

Boucher was raised in Westchester County, N.Y., and earned two master’s degrees from Columbia University; one in nursing and one in public health. She began her midwife career at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center before first joining High Country Healthcare in 2005.

She returns to Summit County after living abroad.

“I absolutely love what I do and I am honored to be part of the local community again,” Boucher said in the release. “The ability to combine the freedom to practice midwifery in the warm, welcoming High Country Healthcare team environment with the mountain lifestyle is ideal for me.”

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