New OBGYN and Nurse Midwife

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Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. Ira Murphy and Certified Nurse Midwife Donna Bateman are new to the Socorro community, and the hospital has made them feel welcome, Murphy said.

Murphy attended medical school since she was 18 years old and finished in India where she received OB/GYN training. She came to the United States in 1991, and in 1998 attended school in Michigan. Murphy has only been in New Mexico since August, but the hospital has been very supportive, she said. Murphy is a certified MD OB/GYN, and will perform surgical procedures such as C-sections while working at the hospital.

“I wanted a small town where people needed a OB/GYN,” Murphy said. “In Corpus Christi (Texas) it was different. There is a different feel in this town,”

Murphy trained in Flint, Mich., and was at the Hurley Medical center for four years, including two years in internal medicine.

The patients are looking forward to someone staying for a long time, she said.

Murphy says she is happy to be in Socorroand have a chance to know a patient’s medical history so they will be persuaded to stay and feel comfortable once they know someone is permanent. Being a female helps a lot because she works with a diverse population, she said.

“They (patients) don’t always open up, you have to be patient,” Murphy said. “It will be a learning experience here in New Mexico.”

Bateman received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Texas, and her master’s degree in nursing from Kentucky, with a doctorate in nursing and midwifery from New Mexico State University. Bateman was almost always in New Mexico or Gallup, she said. She started in Gallup and volunteered on weekends, and started the practice there that operated for 10 years. Bateman’s family is from New Mexico, and in Gallup she did a lot of midwife practice, she said. Bateman said she will institute goals for children and babies to stay healthy.

“I can understand women very well, their needs and wants,” Bateman said. “I love working with a variety of people who are happy and healthy.”

Bateman said New Mexico is a unique place because people are open and honest. Bateman worked in Las Cruces for 15 years, and served in the Army for eight years. She grew up in Texas and also lived in San Francisco and North Carolina.

Bateman will perform deliveries and other types of maternal/child care, she said.

Bateman and Murphy will work together to provide the best for Socorro County, clinic administrator Brad Lahue said.

“The patient won’t always have to go to Albuquerque,” Lahue said. “We can follow up on difficult cases. It is pretty much a little bit of everything.”

“This hospital provides for staff needs such as training,” Murphy said. “Some hospitals couldn’t care less.”

“In Socorro we have the best providers,” hospital administrator Bo Beames said. “They are as good as any you can find across the country.”