The first certified nurse midwife is about to join the staff at Texas County Memorial Hospital.
Tracey Arwood will deliver babies and provide obstetrical care in the hospital beginning in August. She will also provide obstetrics and women’s healthcare at the TCMH Mountain Grove Clinic and TCMH Medical Complex in Houston.
Arwood comes to TCMH from Garden City, Kan., where she provides women’s health and obstetrical care as a certified nurse midwife for the United Methodist Mexican American Ministries in southwest Kansas.
Arwood has a bachelor’s degree in health science from Truman State University in Kirksville and a bachelor of science in nursing from Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing in St. Louis. Her master’s degree in nursing came from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky., where she also completed the Community Nurse-Midwifery Education Program.
By moving to south central Missouri, Arwood will be closer to her parents in Marshfield. As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, Arwood is able to receive student loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps by working at TCMH clinics which are designated as an “underserved area” by the federal government.
“Obstetrics has always been an important and needed service at TCMH,” said Wes Murray, chief executive officer. “We believe that Tracey will help ease some of the obstetrics load on our physicians as well as bringing a new element of obstetrical care to our patients.”
Arwood has found that nurse midwives are more available and sought out in some rural areas. She believes that with the shortages of physicians, more women will seek a midwife for their pregnancy.
“I am thankful for all that TCMH is doing to bring me on board,” Arwood said. “I am looking forward to working in an environment that is welcoming and supportive.”
Arwood will collaborate with Christopher Baldwin, MD, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist at the TCMH Medical Complex. She will divide her clinical time between TCMH patients in Houston and in Mountain Grove.
“Tracey will provide obstetrical services at the TCMH Mountain Grove Clinic, a community where there are currently no OB providers,” Murray said. “Tracey will be a great asset to our hospital and clinics.”
Arwood’s practice is for women of all ages — from birth control to menopause — and she will practice low-risk obstetrics, too.
“I take pride in providing specialized care for my patients,” Arwood said. “I plan on being available for them whenever they need me.”
Arwood will relocate to the area with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Jaeda, 2, and son, Corbin, 4. Arwood will begin working at TCMH on Aug. 4.