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Bethany Hays, MD, FACOG, is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who trained as a perinatologist and practiced obstetrics for 29 years, delivering her first baby in 1972 as a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She delivered her last baby in 2001 when she decided to put all her energy into “midwifing” the creation of a holistic health center in Falmouth, Maine. For 14 years Dr. Hays was the Medical Director of True North, a nonprofit organization whose mission was to change health care in America, starting in southern Maine. She found her way to the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1999, has been teaching for IFM since 2000, and currently serves on the board. She has been affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, University of Vermont Medical School, University of New England, and Dartmouth Medical School and is affiliated currently with Tufts Medical School.