The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 1 West St., Pittsfield.

The meeting will focus on the Berkshire Chamber's continued efforts to collaborate and build business in the Berkshires to ensure that its membership and the county's business community at large remain vital and successful.

The presentation of the 2012 Esther Quinn and Francis H. Hayden awards will take place. The election of directors and officers is also scheduled.

Members of the month who will be honored are Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires, Ben Kaplan Marketing, Group Restoration, Sign A Rama, Aladco, Whitney's, Mary's Carrot Cake and Guido's Fresh Marketplace.

Tickets are $30 per person and include a breakfast buffe and a discussion of th chamber's plans for 2013. The event is open exclusively to members of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. To register, call (413) 499-4000, email choyt@
berkshirechamber.com, or register online and find more information at www.berkshirechamber.com.

Great Barrington: Midwife wins service award

Midwife Linda Baxter, a member of the health care team at CHP Barrington ObGyn, has received the Mary Hackett "Heart of Midwifery Award," which is given by the Massachusetts affiliate of the American College of Nurses Midwives.


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The award recognizes a midwife who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the care of underserved women in the Commonwealth.

Baxter was honored "for working tirelessly and providing exemplary care to rural and underserved women in Western Massachusetts for 24 years."

She has been providing care for pregnant women in the south Berkshire community since 1988, first as the director of the Fairview Hospital Prenatal Center and subsequently as a member of the health care team at CHP Barrington ObGyn, a practice of Community Health Programs (CHP). Baxter has delivered more than 2,000 healthy babies and has been instrumental in reducing the number of underweight babies and premature births.

The award is named for Watertown midwife Martha Hackett, who passed away earlier this year. Hackett, who lived in China as a child, offered care to immigrant mothers in a culturally sensitive manner.