UM Shore Regional Health celebrates midwives
University of Maryland Shore Medical Group-Women’s Health and UM Shore Regional Health celebrated National Midwifery Week, Sept. 29 to Oct. 5. From left are UM Shore Regional Health nurse-midwives Jessica Pate, Sunny Granger and Molly Bernish, who have delivered nearly 200 babies each during the course of their careers. Bernish became interested in becoming a nurse-midwife after watching her first birth while she was a Peace Corps education volunteer in a rural South African village. As she recalled, “I was inspired by the strength in the community of women supporting the mother, not only during labor, but in the months that followed.” Formerly a labor and delivery nurse, Pate said, “I admired nurse-midwives, and following my experience with a nurse-midwife after the birth of my fourth child, I felt motivated to pursue the nurse-midwife profession.” Granger — whose first career was as an environmental geologist — was inspired to pursue her degree as a nurse-midwife after listening to a podcast about midwives caring for women in underserved communities. “I enjoy being part of such a unique and momentous experience in a family’s story,” Granger said.