Valerie Kelly-Hodenius, CNM, the founder of the midwifery practice at Mount Auburn Hospital, passed away Thursday, July 24th, 2014 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
A graduate of Columbia University Midwifery Program, Valerie was recruited to start a midwifery service at Mount Auburn Hospital in 1983. The Midwives at Mount Auburn has since become one of the oldest community hospital-based practices in the Greater Boston area and cares for over 900 pregnant women and their families each year. Last April, the practice celebrated the birth of their 11,000th baby since Valerie started the practice. Over her 30 years of midwifery, Valerie leaves a long legacy of empowering women and welcoming hundreds of babies into the world.
She leaves behind her wife, Julia Kelly-Hodenius, her children, David Williamson, Cathie Paulino, Kelly Allen, Zach Allen, her grandchildren, Timothy and Jessica Williamson, Angelica Paulino, Valerie Paulino, Anthony Paulino, and two great granddaughters, Harmonie and Amara.
For anyone who knew Valerie and would like to make a gift in honor of her animal rescue efforts, you may Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a contribution to 21 James St, Arlington, MA 02474.