A Juneau woman who has devoted more than three decades to practicing and promoting midwifery in Alaska has stepped down from full-time activities.
The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1liiuXP) reports Kaye Kanne (KAHN’-ee) will focus on work at the national level to provide alternative birthing options.
Kanne has attended more than 1,000 births.
She founded the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center and successfully lobbied to pass Alaska midwifery legislation.
Kanne says she had attended 200 births when she moved to Juneau in 1984 but learned there was no licensing in Alaska.
She says it took eight years to get a state midwifery board. She served on the first board.
Kanne says she will remain part of the Juneau midwifery community and will continue to advocate for stronger national regulations.
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com