In Memory of Frances T. Thacher ~ February 28, 1954 - March 25, 2019
Thank you for considering a charitable donation in memory of beloved midwife, Frances T. Thacher, CNM, MS, FACNM, who died on March 25, 2019 from pancreatic cancer.

Through her work, volunteerism, and philanthropy, Frances was a "guiding angel" for the field of midwifery. She began her journey at the age of 17 while observing natural childbirth in the Congo and eventually earned her BSN and MS from the Columbia University School of Nursing. She went on to serve as Director of Midwifery Services at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and The New York Presbyterian Hospital. During her distinguished career, she helped to exponentially increase the number of midwives in New York City hospitals and provide vital services to low-income women. She leaves an indelible legacy and will be sorely missed.

Frances and her late husband, Toby, established the Frances T. Thacher Midwifery Leadership Endowment Fund in 2008 to expand the Foundation's efforts to prepare midwives as effective leaders, improve maternal child health care, and empower midwives in challenging clinical roles. The Thacher Fund also seeks to advance initiatives and support for women and midwives with chronic physical or mental health conditions.

In the past decade, midwives receiving support from the Thacher Fund have served countless women and communities around the globe.

"There is simply no one who has done more professionally or personally-and for such a sustained period of time-to help us consistently realize our mission to promote excellence in health care for women, infants, and families worldwide through the support of midwifery. Frances's brilliance, compassion, vision, and empathy are immeasurable."

Elaine M. Moore, CNM, MSN, FACNM
President, The A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc.
 
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