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New doctor delivers her first baby in Harlan

The newest member at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation Harlan Medical Clinic delivered her first baby before seeing her first patient.

Dr. Lisa Blackwood began seeing patients at MCHC on April 16 and received a call before her official start date that one of her soon-to-be patients was already in the labor and delivery unit at Harlan ARH.

“She was a little early but having contractions. We observed her overnight and then the next morning, roughly 24 hours later, she went into active labor,” Blackwood said. “By lunchtime, mom and dad had a beautiful little boy in their arms. The delivery went very smoothly, and I am happy to report that mom and baby are doing well.”

Blackwood added how much of an honor it was to her to be able to take care of the family and be a part of such a joyous occasion.

“It was the perfect way to welcome me into the Harlan community,” Blackwood said.

Blackwood is native of New York, and she practiced in New York and Virginia for several years before moving to Kentucky.

According to her biography, she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University, and she received her medical education from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. She completed her residency at Upstate Medical University in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Program, where she also served as the administrative chief resident.

Blackwood believes strongly in the quality care of her patients, as well as listening to patient needs.

“She treats all women with compassion and understands the need for patience, caring and gentleness. She takes the time to understand her patients’ unique needs and educates her patients on their options,” the biography read.

Blackwood describes herself as a “tireless advocate for women’s health,” mentioning the time she spent volunteering at a community hospital while in high school.

Her biography also notes she is excited to join MCHC and the community of Harlan. Blackwood is now welcoming new patients.