January 22, 2018 (Brattleboro, VT) – Brattleboro OB/GYN, a department of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH), recently welcomed two new midwives to the practice, Hannah Cressy and Kate Lucy.

A certified nurse-midwife, Cressy is a native Vermonter and received her midwifery education at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. During her training, she practiced full-scope midwifery care in high-volume urban hospitals and various community health clinics. In addition, she participated in Project Nurture, an innovative program integrating group maternity care and addiction treatment for patients with substance use disorders.

Cressy has worked in a variety of roles in reproductive healthcare in Vermont and Oregon, including serving as a residential counselor at Lund Family Center in Burlington. Her extensive leadership experience includes her essential role as founding director of the Wesleyan Doula Project, where she established the first college-based volunteer doula project in the United States to train and utilize students as doulas in local Planned Parenthood clinics.

She is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee for the American College of Nurse-Midwives and has a special interest in caring for LGBTQ+ patients and families. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science in Society from Wesleyan University and both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, summa cum laude, and Master of Nursing in Nurse-Midwifery from Oregon Health & Science University.

Kate Lucy, a certified nurse-midwife, was previously employed as an Advanced Practice Clinician for Tapestry Health Clinics in Springfield, Holyoke, and Greenfield, MA. In her role, she addressed a wide range of reproductive and sexual healthcare needs of women, teenagers, and male partners, including annual exams, cancer screenings, problem visits, contraceptive counseling, and sexually transmitted infection testing.  Prior to her tenure with Tapestry Health, Lucy gained direct patient care experience through training at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, MA, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH as well as experience as a registered nurse for Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, VT.

She brings an array of diverse leadership and volunteer experience, including her service for the International Rescue Committee, where she assisted in writing a curriculum and teaching a series of childbirth education courses for newly-arrived Burmese, Nepali and Eritrean refugee mothers. She also acted as a community outreach coordinator for the Birth Companions program at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland.

Among many certifications and licensures, Lucy holds a certification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner as well as membership in the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Smith College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with honors, from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University.

“We’re delighted to welcome Hannah and Kate to the Brattleboro community and to BMH,” noted Eilidh Pederson, BMH Vice President of Medical Group Management and Population Health. “Their extensive experience in reproductive health, well-woman care, and obstetrics will be great assets to Brattleboro OB/GYN.”

Located at 21 Belmont Avenue, Brattleboro OB/GYN and Four Seasons Midwifery offers a full spectrum of healthcare services for women of all ages. They are currently accepting new patients and can be reached at 802-251-9965.