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Certified Nurse Midwife Kathleen Mulkern Reaches 1,000 Birth Milestone at Memorial Hospital

The Town of Jackson recorded 816 residents in the 2010 census, but Certified Nurse Midwife Kathleen Mulkern can beat that and then some … she recently surpassed her 1,000th baby delivery at Memorial Hospital. Mulkern has delivered virtually an entire village over her 15 years of service!

Photo Caption: Kathleen Mulkern, ARPN, CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife, shown here with one of the 1,000 babies she has delivered at Memorial Hospital. Mom Tiara Hale is not pictured.
Photo by Megan Bailey

Mulkern has been caring for women and their babies for almost 30 years.  She shared, “I was born and raised in the Mount Washington Valley, and was fortunate to be given the opportunity in 2003 of returning with my family to live, raise my children and work as a nurse-midwife.”

She originally wanted to be a nurse practitioner, but changed her mind when a nurse midwife gave a presentation in college. “And that was it.”

When asked what keeps her going, Mulkern states that it’s the appreciation of people, and how you touch their lives. “There are certain births you always remember. It’s the relationship and the trust between you.”

In emergencies, that trust has made all the difference. Mulkern recounted one incident where the mother’s water broke and four loops of umbilical cord came out prematurely. “I called the surgeon but we needed to act immediately. I made eye contact with the mom and told her to push, and she trusted me. The baby was born safely.”

Much has changed with midwifery since she first started her practice. “There’s a lot around ‘skin to skin’ contact between moms and babies right after the birth. The culture has changed based on research – it results in better transition, better breathing and better bonding.”

Other changes to the practice include delayed cord clamping, which lets baby get extra stem cells and oxygen; and encouraging the breast crawl, where the baby is given the opportunity to find their mothers’ breast on their own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed, resulting in better breastfeeding initiation.

Breastfeeding support has become de facto for new moms and babies too. “Many midwifery concepts have become the norm now, they’ve gone mainstream compared to when I started. Midwives can change the culture of a hospital. Doctors have adapted a lot for those that are low-risk. Doctors here have embraced it. So we only offer interventions for those that need it or want them.”

Unwelcome changes have come as well, with mothers and babies being impacted by the opioid epidemic. “When I started delivering babies, (opioid abuse) was rare. It was hardly anyone. Now it’s about 10% of our population. With programs like our New Life prenatal substance abuse treatment program, women can turn their lives around,” Mulkern stated.

With the 1,000 baby milestone behind her, she plans on continuing to add to the population of Mount Washington Valley one person at a time. “The practice of midwifery fulfills my desire to connect with the women I see and to make a difference in the world, one woman and one birth at a time.  It is my goal to empower women to become healthier, mentally and physically, to better care for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

For more information about midwifery services at Memorial Hospital or to make an appointment with Kathleen Mulkern, call 603-356-9355. You can also learn more online at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org

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Ragged Mountain Equipment Launches Factory Tours

If you thought American manufacturing had all gone to Mexico or China, then a pleasant surprise awaits you right here in the Mt Washington Valley. Ragged Mountain Equipment on Route 16 in Intervale has been quietly producing specialized outdoor clothing and gear since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Starting this month, they are offering factory tours almost daily so you can see the entire fascinating process from start to finish. If you’ve been a regular at local farmers’ markets because you want to know where your food comes from, doesn’t it make sense to apply that same standard to the clothing you wear, and the gear you use?

You’ve driven by the Ragged Mountain Equipment factory countless times and probably stopped to grab a few items from their shop. But you may never have realized that skilled local designers and stitchers are hard at work right out back, producing those jackets, vests, gaiters and dog packs you see everywhere around you. And this isn’t one of those high-tech start-ups where robots follow a computer program to produce some mysterious widget; this is actual people handling actual fabrics and hardware, producing items you actually use. And, they’ve been doing it non-stop since 1985.

The Ragged Mountain Equipment factory tours run every Monday through Thursday, beginning at 10:00am. The guided tours only take about twenty to thirty minutes, and you’ll be able to witness the entire manufacturing process. Tours begin with fabric cutting, then progress through the kitting process and right on to the actual stitching. You’ll see products being  inspected and prepared for stocking in the retail department or boxed up to ship to other vendors or special order customers. Those customers include local non-profits, international retailers, and the US military. And finally, you’ll visit the design room and pattern library to see new products in the midst of the design process, with prototypes being tested and features being refined.

You’ll recognize a lot of the Ragged Mountain products–from Powerstretch Tights to TuckerMitts to Tuff Duffels–and wonder why you always assumed they were made somewhere abroad. There are ample opportunities to ask questions and chat with the craftspeople as they go about their work, and you’ll leave the tour with discount coupons for the products, some free samples, and the knowledge that American manufacturing is alive and well in Mt Washington Valley.

For more information on these new factory tours, call Ragged Mountain Equipment at 603-356-3042, visit their website at www.raggedmountain.com, or swing by their business at 279 NH-16 in Intervale.

Settlers Green Celebrates Opening of Regatta Great Outdoors

Family-owned outdoor and leisure clothing company, Regatta Great Outdoors, celebrated their opening at Settlers Green Streetside with a Ribbon Cutting on July 11. The store is located next to the newly opened Michael Kors, across from Columbia Sportwear at Suite M20. Regatta Great Outdoors is a UK-based outdoor clothing company that was founded in 1981 by the Black family. Father, Lionel Black, is the Chairman, son Keith is the Managing Director and daughter Joanne is the Buying Director. The company has acquired other popular UK brands over the years including Craghoppers and Hawkshead.

Picured in photo from left; Ido Masursky, Rob Barsamian, Tym Meserve, Machella Weegar, Keith Black, Mykel Palazzini and Laura Lemieux.

Products include men’s, women’s and children’s outdoor clothing including leisurewear, outerwear and footwear. Additionally, it has outdoor and camping accessories including sleeping bags, backcountry gear and backpacks.

 

“Regatta is the perfect fit for our customers flocking to North Conway for adventures in the White Mountains,” said Laura Lemieux, assistant director of marketing at Settlers Green. “This is the company’s first U.S. outlet store and we’re happy they’ve chosen us and this great recreational area.”

Settlers Green is open Monday to Saturday, 9:00am-9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm. For more information visit settlersgreen.com/

 

The Local Grocer Introduces Table + Tonic

The Local Grocer has taken their exceptional sourcing standards to dinner with the opening of their evening restaurant, Table + Tonic: Farm Bistro + Spirits. Owners and staff celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 27 at their expanded location at 3358 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.


Pictured from left: Alexandria Small, Rich Schmidt, Executive Chef, Heather Chase and, Russ Van Deursen, Owners, Micah Blizzard and Paul Begley, Food and Beverage Manager.

Executive Chef Rich Schmitt will be taking the organic and local ingredients The Local Grocer is known for and producing creative, conscious cuisine to please the most discriminating food lover.

Table + Tonic will be bringing the herb garden to the bar with their Farm to Bar cocktails. They’re concocting their own herb, fruit, and nut-infused shrubs, cordials, liqueurs, bitters, and homemade syrups, many with herbs and berries from their own farm, Mountain Flower Farm in Intervale, NH. Along with some traditional bar favorites, expect to enjoy fun creations like kombucha cocktails, sparkling cups, and a mocktail menu for those who prefer a sophisticated beverage without the alcohol.

Guests who joined the celebration enjoyed samplings of their Conscious Cuisine menu, cocktails with an Herbalist’s twist, organic wine, and beer. For information, hours of operation, menu and more visit tableandtonic.com or call 603-356-6068.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Business Name Change

The T. Murray Wellness Center, Inc. was founded by Dr. Trish Murray over 12 years ago and has been the place to go in Mt. Washington Valley to alleviate pain. Over the past 6 years, Dr. Murray has trained and become certified in another specialty, functional medicine which is root cause medicine, focusing on finding the underlying cause of chronic diseases or conditions. “This is a multi-systems approach to medicine”, said Dr. Murray. “We look at all systems to find the reason for the condition and help people learn what changes they can make to help improve their health.”

Pictured from left: Elaine Swett, Loretta Hawes, Pamela Beaupre, Jude Trotter, APRN, Patricia Murray, D.O, Rita Corbitt, Cherie Jewell.

Now known as Discover Health Functional Medicine Center the practice and clinic has grown to include a new provider and expanded clinic and services.

On Friday, June 22 they celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house at their clinic at 24 Pleasant Street, Conway. Guests toured the facility, received information on services and learned how Discover Health Functional Medicine Center can help restore and optimize your health. For more information visit them online or call the office at 603-447-3112.

M&D Playhouse presents Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a play that is… everything. It’s a thriller, it’s horror, it’s comedic, it’s all these things and more, on a truly amazing set.


Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

Go see this as soon as possible! Don’t “shave” it for later! Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 and Sunday at 4:00 through July 8 at M&D Playhouse, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

A rich history in Mt. Washington Valley

One of the greatest things about MWV history is that it can always get weirder – for example, Mount Washington had a secret ski area once! But that’s part of the fun of attending lectures like this one at The Salyards, on National Forests. That, and the sense of community!

Who loves to read?

If you love to read you should attend the White Birch Books and North Conway Public Library’s author luncheons! It’s a great way to enjoy a book, be with friends, and talk with the author. Sea Dog Brewery recently hosted Meghan Weir, and her novel: the Book Of Essie. It’s always fascinating to hear about the creative process!

Valley Pride Day 2018

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the 18th Annual  Valley Pride day! We live in a beautiful place, and it’s a shame when it’s defaced with litter so we especially appreciate the many volunteers who helped clean up our roadways and make the Valley even more beautiful. They absolutely deserved the party afterward. Kudos to the organizers for keeping this fantastic event going for 18 years. The Valley thanks you!

Sweets for Mom on Mother’s Day

Not sure what to get for Mother’s Day? How about roses! Cupcake roses, that is! Delectables By Danette has this and more… impossibly smooth flourless chocolate cake, delicious ooey, gooey brownies, and melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows. With its bright decor and excellent desserts, this delightful, whimsical bakery is perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. Indeed, it’s perfect for any occasion. For more ideas for Mom visit >> https://bit.ly/2DYIXvj

 

Bradley Backstage is a treat!

We love Bradley Backstage at Fryeburg Academy’s PAC! They recently hosted Mr. Gus’ team-up with Blue Bus in a genre-blending jam session.

 

Bradley Backstage is presented onstage so you are seated up close to the performers making it a very intimate and personal experience with the music!

Bradley Backstage is performed at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg. Check out their schedule and come enjoy the music!

We took a trip to Africa with the North Conway Public Library

The North Conway Public Library hosted a wonderful series of lectures through the winter. The last one featured local residents, Ed and Kathy Bergeron, who shared their experiences and photographs from a safari through Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.