Lisa Walsh, “Founding Mother” of the Midwifery Program at Women’s Health Care, to Retire in May

April 20th, 2021

After more than 20 years of service, caring for thousands of patients and delivering more than 1,200 births, Lisa Walsh, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), will retire from Women’s Health Care on May 31, 2021. Lisa will leave an indelible mark on Anna Jaques Hospital and Women’s Health Care where she established the midwifery program and provided compassionate care and leadership.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of New Hampshire and Master of Science in the Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Program at University of Virginia. She received her postgraduate education as a Certified Nurse Midwife at the Frontier School of Midwives and Family Nursing. After spending many years as a nurse manager at the Cambridge Health Alliance, it was our good fortune that she came to Newburyport to be a midwife at Anna Jaques and Women’s Health Care in 1999.

In those early years, as the only midwife in the practice, Lisa often worked 24/7 to guarantee her patients had the midwife experience they had hoped for. In 2000, she went on to formally establish the midwife practice at Women’s Health Care and has been recruiting and leading the midwife practice ever since. Lisa has brought many young midwives under her wing, serving as a role model to gain confidence to grow into experienced competent providers themselves. Today she supports a team of midwives dedicated to creating a caring environment that establishes a connection between a woman and her family.

Known for her compassion and respect for her patients, Lisa has always been selfless with her time to support patients and her colleagues -- whether it be giving patients her cell phone number when she felt they needed support, or taking extra call shifts when a colleague was in need. She is a team player in the truest sense of the word. Her reputation for compassion and excellence was recognized in 2017 in the YWCA’s Tribute to Women Awards.

On behalf of Anna Jaques Hospital, Women’s Health Care, and the countless lives she has touched throughout her career, we say thank you to Lisa.

The Women’s Health Care team has created a special “digital card” for providers, staff, patients and friends to wish Lisa well through a story, photo, message or video for Lisa by May 6th. Click here to submit:


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