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Midwife at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Receives the Joyce Roberts Award for Excellence in Midwifery

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that Shirley Moore, APN, CNM, a midwife with the Elmhurst Memorial Elmhurst Clinic, received the Joyce Roberts Award for Excellence in Midwifery in Illinois from the American Collage of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). During the Illinois Chapter of the ACNM’s annual meeting, Moore was recognized for her long term leadership, excellent mentoring, promotion and institution of water birth and the establishment of three distinct full scope practices, the latest one at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

"I have been practicing midwifery for 32 years and have loved every minute. It seems strange to get an award for something that already gives the gift of joy,” Said Moore. “I have worked with many wonderful mothers, families, midwives, and students who have aided me in my career and I thank and share this honor with all of them"

The American College of Nurse-Midwives is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. With roots dating to 1929, ACNM sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the United States and strengthens the capacity of midwives in developing countries. ACNM reviews research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, and works with organizations, state and federal agencies, and members of Congress to advance the well-being of women and infants through the practice of midwifery.

“Midwives are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health,” said Moore. “I’m honored to be a midwife and support women’s choices, cultural preferences and unique needs and work with mutual understanding and respect to deliver the care all women deserve.”

Click here to watch Shirley Moore describe more about her award winning philosophy of care.  For more information on Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s midwifery program and other Family Birthing Center services, visit or call (331) 221-CARE.

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