DUTCH FEST Moderator

Bethany Hays, MD, FACOG


Bethany Hays, MD, FACOG, though now retired from clinical service, is a former 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 is to change health care in America, starting in southern Maine. Using the “Circle Process” described by Christina Baldwin and modified by those working at True North, True North created an integrative practice combining the modalities of physicians and various other healing practitioners. In 2016, True North closed its doors to patient care, but Dr. Hays continued to compile the wisdom gleaned from this attempt to heal the healthcare system. She found her way to The Institute for Functional Medicine in 1999, has been teaching for IFM since 2000, and previously served on the Board of Directors.