Sherry Dress received a call from a patient
160 miles north in Kennewick, Washington. She was in labor! Then another expectant
mother called from Whitney, an Oregon ghost town. After that, a third mother called
for help from La Grande, Oregon. With three patients in labor scores of miles apart
and the roads closed, Sherry, a midwife since 1979, faced a challenging day.
"My Subaru had to push snow on the highway to get through," Sherry recalled. "I
traveled up and through mountain passes." Twenty-four exhausting but rewarding hours
later, two babies were delivered safely and one mother was resting comfortably from
a false alarm.