Ben Kitchin – ECU Nurse-Midwifery Interview


Music Playing Music Playing Music Playing Music Playing Music Playing Music Playing Music Playing Welcome to East Carolina University College of Nursing. I’m Bob Green. I’m a certified Nurse Midwife and teach undergraduate OB Nursing here at the College of Nursing. With me today is Ben Kitchin. Ben is a registered nurse and has just started our Masters of Science Program in Nurse Midwifery. Our Nurse Midwifery Program began in 1990, and since then we have graduated over 150 students. Ben has the distinction of being our first man ever in our program. Welcome, Ben. — Thank you. Thank you for having me. So the obvious question is, why do you want to be a midwife? Well, birth is a fascinating process. With the birth of our sixth child, my wife insisted on having a home delivery. It was really at that delivery that I began thinking, you know, this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. Catching the baby, really being a part of the whole process, really inspired me to choose this path. –Ben, I know you’ve been a transport nurse. Where are you working now? — I work at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Labor and Delivery. I’ve been there a little over a year. Prior to that, my background’s been extensively in critical care working in the ICU. Worked in the emergency department. Was a flight nurse with East Care for a number of years where I really kind of specialized in neonatal and pediatric transport. But it’s really, really labor and delivery where my passion is. — Excellent. Have you been well accepted there do you think? — I have been well accepted. Certainly there were some hesitations about me being the first male hired in labor and delivery there as well, but, you know, good care is not gender-dependent. Good care is a result of good nursing care. So I’ve really been able to bond well with my patients, and really, I think, have made a difference in the care those women receive. — Well, Ben, where do you see yourself practicing? What do you want to do with midwifery? — I’d really like to practice in Wayne County and bring midwifery care to the women in Wayne County. — Do you think there’s a need out there for that? — I think that there’s a need for midwifery care across all counties in North Carolina. I think midwifery is an excellent model that respects women’s choices and has proven outcomes with lower cesarean rates and better pre-natal care. — Well, thanks for being here, and thanks for coming to ECU.

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