Lillian Runnerstrom, ‘Mother of Midwifery’, Dies At 95

photo of Lillian RunnerstromUIC News is reporting the sad news that Lillian Runnerstrom, former professor and head of maternal/child nursing at the UIC College of Nursing, passed away on June 12th at the age of 95.  The article begins:

Lillian Runnerstrom’s passion for midwifery led to the training of a cadre of professionals who, taken as a group, attended the births of more than 12,000 babies.

As professor and head of maternal/child nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1969 to 1980, Runnerstrom founded UIC’s nurse midwifery program — the first advanced-practice program in the UIC College of Nursing, and the first midwifery educational program in Illinois.

The article goes on to quote Dr. Barbara McFarlin, head of the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science (WCFHS):  “Lillian was the mother of midwifery at UIC, and in Illinois. Her vision and persistence has given us all the opportunity to be educated as midwives and practice as midwives.”

Runnerstrom is survived by her sister, Edith; son, Eric; daughter-in-law, Michelle; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The Runnerstrom family has graciously suggested that gifts in her memory may be donated to the Lillian Runnerstrom Institute (Dept. of Women, Children and Family Health Science), UIC College of Nursing, MC 802, Office of Advancement, 845 S. Damen Ave., Chicago, 60612-7350.

To read the complete original article, go to: Hostettler, Sam: "Mother of Midwifery Dies At 95", UIC News (7/6/2016).