Two worthy Kentuckians to get international health workers awards
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Posted by: Melissa Moody
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
That wasn't how she had planned to meet her son. Pascucci wanted a natural, unmedicated childbirth.
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.
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