BETHEL — Cathy Heffernan, CNM, MSN, will discuss “From Sneezes to Kegels – Issues with Urinary Gynecological Health” at a program to be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Bethel Congregational Church.

To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College (WMSC) is presenting the program for the community based on interest expressed in evaluations of past programs.

Heffernan believes in health education and has worked most of her career promoting holistic and low interventive care for women. In her talk, she will explain what women need to know about their bladders.

She said women do not always have to suffer with incontinence or pain. She will discuss bladder health and what can be done for it. She will also cover risk factors for incontinence or prolapse as well as different types of remedies that medicine might offer.

Heffernan is a certified midwife and holds a masters degree in nursing. She has more than 30 years of experience in women’s health care, including gynecology, childbirth and menopause. She has practiced at Rumford Community Hospital, Central Maine Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Since 2008 she has held a position at the Maine General Health, Winthrop site, as well as the Alfond Center for Health Hospital in Augusta, where she serves as a staff midwife doing women’s health, including gynecology, primary care and childbirth.

Heffernan lives in Bethel where she enjoys any extra time in outdoor sports, including skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, biking and riding her horse.

To Your Health is sponsored as a community service by WMSC with the collaboration of the Bethel Family Health Center and SAD 44/Continuing Education.

The program is open to the public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact R. Tifft, at 824-2053.

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