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Two worthy Kentuckians to get international health workers awards

Thursday, April 4, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melissa Moody
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April 1, 2013 (The Lexington Herald-Leader) In December 2011, when Cristen Pascucci was 41 weeks and six days pregnant, she was told by a health provider that her pregnancy should not go past 42 weeks. And because the hospital didn't have space on its schedule to care for her the next day, her labor had to be induced that night.

That wasn't how she had planned to meet her son. Pascucci wanted a natural, unmedicated childbirth.

In that eleventh hour, she turned to nurse midwife Melissa Courtney of WomanKind Midwives of Lexington, who examined her, explained her options and allowed her to make a decision.

"It was after dusk when I got home from that appointment," Pascucci wrote on the Midwife International blog, "and I went into labor before dawn."

Pascucci gave birth to her son, Henry, 10 hours later, with Courtney assisting.

"It wasn't so much that I gave birth 'according to plan,' but that someone in what I perceived as a position of authority handed my power back to me," she wrote. "A midwife showed me that the choice was mine and always had been.


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