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Certified Nurse Midwife Joins OU Physicians

Thursday, December 06, 2012 - Campus News - Contact April Sandefer, (405) 271-5067
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Laura Valle, A.P.R.N., C.N.M., has established her practice with OU Physicians. Certified nurse midwives are advanced practice, registered nurses who have received extensive academic and clinical training to manage and care for women during low-risk pregnancies and births. Midwives also offer general women's health services.
     
Valle has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing since 2011, teaching obstetric and maternal-child clinicals. Previously, she was a labor and delivery consultant in Germany and had been a registered nurse home visitor in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. She is also a former labor and delivery staff nurse for OU Medical Center.
     
Valle graduated magna cum laude with a master of science degree in nursing/nurse midwifery from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio Distance Program. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the OU College of Nursing.
     
Valle is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Nurses Association.
     
With more than 560 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts.
     
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center and in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.

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