WESTFIELD, NJ — The work of a town native who developed a five-point assessment to evaluate infants' vital signs right after birth is being celebrated as part of Women’s History Month.
Born in Westfield, Dr. Virginia Apgar, an obstetrical anesthesiologist, is best known for creating the Apgar Score, a clinical system for evaluating the physical condition of newborns with measurements of skin color, reflex, muscle tone and breathing. Apgar was born in 1909 and died in 1974.
Her work became more widely known last year when a doodle on the Google search page honored the works of Apgar, who had assisted in the delivery of over 17,000 infants and was the first woman to hold a full professorship at Columbia University.
Apgar also directed research programs in the causes, prevention and treatment of birth defects at the March of Dimes.
In an event sponsored by the Union County Freeholder Board, David Rose, the National Archivist of the March of Dimes, will present on Apgar’s work at the Westfield Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 27, starting at 7 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad St.