Care from Aviva Midwifery Practice Earns Highest Praise from New Mother

Photo of Dr. Mary BauerHaving a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) provide care and deliver their first-born baby made a world of difference to Jenny Shully and her husband. In a letter of thanks, Shully singled out Mary Bauer CNM who is also the Aviva Practice Director. "Mary was amazing", Shully wrote, "at allaying my fears, co-managing my care and helping me plan for a variety of different birth experiences." It was a difficult pregnancy. For health reasons, she needed to be induced a week before her due date. "My labor and delivery was not at all what I had planned or hoped for" Shully explains, "but ultimately, it was the most satisfying experience of my life. I know I have these midwives to thank for it." Shully's daughter is now 16 months old.

AVIVA Women's Health and Midwifery practice is a nurse-managed clinic of UIC College of Nursing. They operate at the Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) in Chicago. For more information about AVIVA, please go here. To read a full account of Shully's story, and how Aviva is making a difference in the lives of mothers, babies and families, go here.