Friday, November 20, 2015
Diane Dulude, CNM, MSN, is the new full time nurse midwife at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Having grown up in the Champlain Islands in western Vermont, she’s pleased to return to Vermont to be closer to family. Diane has worked for most of the past two years, as a locum tenens (filling a position temporarily) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, AK.
Diane attended the Fanny Allen School of Nursing directly out of high school and the first birth she ever witnessed was at NVRH. She then earned her RN at the University of Vermont and her BS in Health Education from Johnson State College . While raising her two sons, she earned her certificate in Midwifery from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Kentucky and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
Additionally, Diane has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for many years. According to Diane, “being a midwife, helping bring babies into the world and supporting mothers and families is a calling, not a job. I love what I do.”
After Diane’s sons were grown and on their own, she began to travel as a locum tenens, deeply appreciating both the Black Hills of South Dakota and Alaska.
Happy to be at NVRH, the Northeast Kingdom is her favorite part of Vermont. “I have great co-workers here and it’s a really wonderful department. The constant refrain I hear is that it’s a great place to work.”
The oldest of eight children, Diane is pleased to be closer to siblings, their families and her grandchildren. Her oldest son, Mike Olmstead, is the Sports Editor of the Newport Daily Express; he and his family live in Derby. Younger son, Nicholas is a career officer in the Coast Guard and is living with his family in Louisiana.
Tammy Wilkins, Practice Manager of Women’s Wellness calls Diane “a real find. She’s kind and compassionate and a very proficient midwife. The patients find her demeanor reassuring and relaxing.”
Diane enjoys horses, traveling and camping in National Parks and spending time with her siblings, friends, and grandchildren.