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February 25, 2015
Community of Hope’s Family Health & Birth Center Hires Director of Midwifery
Washington, DC - Community of Hope’s Family Health and Birth Center (FHBC) is thrilled to announce that Ebony Roebuck, CNM, MS, is joining our team as Director of Midwifery. Ms. Roebuck will be joining FHBC in May 2015 and brings with her many years of experience as a midwife, in both a hospital and birth center setting. As both a Registered Nurse and a Certified Nurse Midwife, Ms. Roebuck has spent the last decade working in labor and delivery and midwifery at health centers in the Washington, DC area. Her most recent experience is at Midwives of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, although this marks her return to FHBC where she was a Certified Nurse Midwife from 2007 to 2010.
Ms. Roebuck’s initial work will be hiring additional midwives and building a sustainable staffing model at FHBC, with the goal of our midwives once again participating in labor and delivery services. She will oversee the launch of the Centering Healthcare Institute’s CenteringPregnancy model first at Community of Hope’s Conway Health and Resource Center in Ward 8 and then at FHBC. The Centering Pregnancy model provides a widely tested framework that incorporates many of the services that we already offer in group care at FHBC. In this model, groups of 8-12 women with similar due dates are inspired to educate themselves about maternal wellness, to regularly attend prenatal check-ups, and to build lasting relationships with other pregnant women.
Kelly Sweeney McShane, President and CEO, states “We are thrilled that after a thorough search we get to welcome Ebony back into our family. She is deeply committed to the community we serve and will help us continue to see great health outcomes for the women and babies we serve.”
Community of Hope is grateful to continue a strong relationship with Midwives of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, who supports this transition.
Loral Patchen, Director of the Section of Midwifery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at WHC said, “We all feel confident this is a great fit and the best next step for Ebony. She will be a great addition to Community of Hope’s Family Health and Birth Center.”
Founded in 1980, Community of Hope creates opportunities for low-income families in Washington DC, including those experiencing homelessness, to achieve good health, a stable home, family-sustaining income, and hope. Community of Hope operates three health centers, including the Family Health and Birth Center in the Carver Langston neighborhood.
For more information about Community of Hope and the Family Health and Birth Center, please visit www.communityofhopedc.org.