After 19 years of providing Asheville women with pregnancy and gynecology services, New Dawn Midwifery is closing. Jan Verhaeghe, founder and president of New Dawn Midwifery, is retiring.
“We are making referrals for providers, and we are offering care up through March 31. We have enjoyed every client in our practice,” Verhaeghe says.
The center offered prenatal care, home births, water births, hospital births, family planning, primary care and gynecology, although in recent years about 85 percent of its clients birthed at Mission Hospital. New Dawn was the only legally certified nurse midwifery practice for home births in Western North Carolina. Five certified nurse midwives worked alongside Verhaeghe, and thousands of babies have been safely delivered under their care.
Judy Major, doula and founder of the new WNC Birth Center set to open in April, noted the effect on the Asheville community.
“A significant loss to our birth community,” Major says. “For years, they have been the only practice providing home deliveries assisted by state-licensed midwives, and in the last two years the only 24/7 midwifery practice in our area.”
To read Verhaeghe’s statement to her clients and the public, go to newdawnmidwifery.com.