|And then she read on....
"Abby been involved in midwifery
since 1963 when the first of her five children was born.
She was a La Leche League Leader from 1966 to 1981,
serving as Group Treasurer, Chapter Treasurer, Chapter
President, and State Newsletter Editor.
"She co-founded the Center for
Humane Options In Childbirth Experiences (CHOICE), a
Columbus, Ohio Midwifery Service, in 1977. She is
currently serving CHOICE as Executive Director and
"She co-founded the Ohio
Midwives Alliance (OMA) in 1984. She is currently
serving as the President of the Ohio Midwives
Alliance and Editor of Birth Write,
OMAs quarterly newsletter.
"She has served MANA as
Statistics and Research Committee Chairperson from 1986
to 1988 and as Membership Chairperson from 1993 to 1995.
She served as the MANA Treasurer from 1995 to 2002 and is
currently the First Vice President of MANA.
"She has contributed to the
development of the North American Registry of Midwives
(NARM) National Registry Exam, served on the NARM
Certification Task Force as Skills Validation Chair and
she holds the distinction of becoming the first NARM
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in North America in
"Abby currently has 8
grandchildren and resides in West Jefferson, Ohio with
her husband, Rev. Fred Kinne. She has caught hundreds of
babies, has mentored many midwives, and has worked
tirelessly for three decades for womens right to
choose midwives as care providers.
"Abby, we honor you with this
award today, . . .
(reading from the certificate)