Doris Haire

Doris Buttry Haire Doris Buttry Haire, 88, President of the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health and a world renowned authority on maternity care and its effects on infant outcome died peacefully at her home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Mrs. Haire devoted more than 40 years to her work in the field of maternity care, during which she visited more than 75 countries to meet with health care professionals, observed obstetric care, and gathered data to underscore the need for parent involvement in childbirth management and education. Her landmark work, "The Cultural Warping of Childbirth," was published in 1972 and was instrumental in the development of patient-friendly maternity care in the United States. In addition, Mrs. Haire played a pivotal role in the introduction of postpartum rooming-in programs, which allowed mothers and infants to remain together upon delivery. Throughout her career, Mrs. Haire was a staunch advocate for increased research on the effects of common obstetric drugs and procedures on maternal and infant outcome and child development. Her efforts to advance maternal care had a global impact where she was presented at international conferences in Chiang Mai, Singapore, Kobe, Tokyo, Oslo, Stockholm, Vienna and Vancouver. At the invitation of members of Congress, Mrs. Haire helped to plan and testified at three Congressional hearings on obstetric care and brought about the first General Accounting Office investigation into the FDA's drug regulating practices. Mrs. Haire and her husband John provided the initial funding to hold the first meeting of the International Confederation of Midwives held in the United States. Throughout her career, Mrs. Haire was involved in deliberations and hearings of regulatory bodies as diverse as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, the New York State Prenatal/Perinatal Advisory Council and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine. Mrs. Haire has been credited with having presented the FDA with data, which resulted in the FDA's removing its approval of oxytocin for the elective induction of labor in 1978. While working toward her degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Finch College in New York in 1974, Mrs. Haire accepted an invitation to audit the core course in obstetrics at the University of Vermont School of Medicine and the core course in maternity nursing offered by St. Francis School of Nursing. These educational experiences helped her to gain a better perspective of maternity care in the United States. As the founder of the Alliance for Improvement of Maternity Services (USA), her website lists the twelve drugs approved by the FDA for use in obstetric care, the inherent risks acknowledged by their manufacturers, other information regarding patients' rights, known risks and areas of uncertainty regarding the effects of obstetrical medication and procedures on the neurological development of the newborn infant. Legislatively, Mrs. Haire played a significant role in the passage of New York State's "MATERNITY INFORMATION ACT" which requires hospitals in the state to make public their rates of cesarean section, forceps deliveries, induced labor, augmented labor, and epidurals. In addition, Mrs. Haire helped in the passage of New York State's "PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFERY PRACTICE ACT" which established the first State Board of Midwifery in the United States and defines the practice of midwifery as a profession separate from nursing and medicine. In addition to "The Cultural Warping of Childbirth," Mrs. Haire's other publications include: "Implementing Family Centered Maternity Care with a Central Nursery," "How the F.D.A. Determines the 'Safety' of Drugs - Just How Safe is 'Safe'?," "Drugs in Labor and Birth," "The Pregnant Patient's Bill of Rights," "Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy Through the Increased Utilization of Midwives," "Maternity Care and Outcomes in a High-risk Service: the North Central Bronx Hospital Experience," "Fetal Effects of Ultrasound - a Growing Controversy," "Instructions for Nursing Your Baby," and "What Makes Healthier Babies? Breast-feeding". Mrs. Haire is survived by her husband of 68 years, John Russell Haire; daughter, Elizabeth Lee Haire and her husband, Leo J. Reijmers; son, Paul Jeptha Haire; daughter, Lynn Easton Haire Andrews and her husband, Dean Porter Andrews; grandchildren, Emily Anne Reijmers Almand and her husband, Andrew Iverson Almand, Peter Leonardus Reijmers, Fran‡ois Adrian Constant Goffinet, and Philip Adhemar Goffinet; great-granddaughter, Eloise LaMonica; step-grandchildren, Justin James Andrews and Olivia Andrews Zavala and her daughter, Victoria Grey Zavala. Born on August 20, 1925, in Miami, Oklahoma, Mrs. Haire was preceded in death by her parents, Oda Alice Holt Buttry and Sterling Floyd Buttry; her brother, Paul David Buttry; and her infant daughter, Anne Houghton Haire. The family is truly grateful for the love and support of Philip's fiancee, Elizabeth Fife, Dr. Lindsay Friesen, the staff of University Village, Hospice of the Piedmont, Martha Jefferson Hospital, and her loving caregivers especially Sarah Graham and Kelli Clements. In lieu of flowers, donations to celebrate her life may be made to the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health, P.O. BOX 555, Keswick, VA 22947. A private interment will be held at the University of Virginia Columbarium with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.

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