Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, FACNM, is known and respected by many in our community for her work in advancing women’s reproductive health and nurse-midwifery in both Kansas and Missouri. Some highlights of her career include: 1979, co-founding the Birth and Women's Center in Topeka, the first freestanding birth center in Kansas; 1994, establishing the first hospital-based certified nurse-midwifery (CNM) service in the Greater Kansas City area at St. Luke's Hospital; 1998, joining the KU School of Nursing in establishing the Kansas Collaborative Bi-state Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, to prepare the next generation of nurse midwives; and 2001, completing her PhD in nursing and publishing the study, The Experience of Social Support and Hope for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Receiving Doula Care.
Ginger volunteered for the Kansas City Free Health Clinic in the late 1990s and returned to her volunteer role at the Clinic in 2007. Her volunteer services and leadership allow the Clinic to offer women’s health gynecology clinics to uninsured women. Ginger’s training and experience mean that she is not only able to provide high-quality well woman exams, but she is also able to offer an advanced level of care for our female patients; other providers at the Clinic regularly refer patients, with needs beyond their scope, to Ginger.
During her time at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Ginger brought a number of student assistants to volunteer with her at the Clinic. Her mentoring during their volunteer shifts allowed the students to be exposed to the needs of indigent patients and learn about diverse populations, health disparities and the value they can bring to the community through volunteer medical service. Since 2007, Ginger has provided services to more than 600 patients. Without her contribution, the Clinic would not be able to meet the demand for reproductive health care for uninsured women in our community. Her service helps us to accomplish our mission, to promote health and wellness by providing quality services, at no charge, to people without access to basic care and create a healthy community.