Lintilhac Foundation grants $120,000 to enhance midwifery services

News Release
Sept. 5, 2013

Michael Carrese
Marketing and Communications

(BURLINGTON, VT) The University of Vermont Medical Group Obstetrics and Midwifery Service at Fletcher Allen Health Care has received $120,000 in funding from the Lintilhac Foundation to enhance care that addresses the psycho-social needs of patients.

“Addressing mental health, spiritual and related needs is at the heart of the care we provide,” said Marti Churchill, Certified Nurse Midwife. “We are so grateful to the Lintilhac Foundation for recognizing this, and for making it possible for us to do even more for our patients in this specialty area.”

The Midwifery Service consists of 5 Certified Nurse Midwifes (CNM) who provide prenatal and follow-up care 5 days a week. They are also on-call around the clock to support women in labor. CMNs deliver more than 200 babies per year on average at Fletcher Allen.

“From the day they provided the funding to establish our nurse-midwife program 30 years ago, the Lintilhac family has shown an extraordinary commitment to ensuring our patients have the best, most complete care possible,” said Ira Bernstein, MD, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Fletcher Allen and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued generosity.”

“We believe that this unique, in-house midwifery service will continue to lead the way in providing compassionate, safe, and cost-effective service to women and their families as Vermont transitions into a new era of affordable care,” said Crea and Phil Lintilhac, Trustees of the Lintilhac Foundation. “With this grant we hope to provide the time and amplify the personal touch necessary to meet the mental and emotional needs of pregnant mothers.”

About the Lintilhac Foundation
The Lintilhac Foundation, based in Shelburne, Vermont, was established in 1975 by Claire Lintilhac with the specific intent to create an in-hospital nurse-midwife program at Fletcher Allen Health Care (then known as the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont). Since then the Foundation has grown to embrace a broad range of challenges and opportunities. Today it awards between $500,000 and $1 million a year to not-for-profit organizations working for the medical, educational, environmental, and social well-being of Vermont. The Foundation’s central mission is to support organizations that are making sustainable, positive change for Vermont’s people, and to provide Vermonters with the information and resources they need to control their environmental destinies and engage strong democratic traditions.

About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Fletcher Allen, along with Central Vermont Medical Center, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center — providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York — and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at


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