Woman-centered care, throughout a lifetime
Midwives have been around for centuries guiding women safely through pregnancy and birth. Midwife means "with woman"...with woman from the beginning of pregnancy, of birth and of parenting. This tradition of women attending women in birth is carried on through Certified Nurse Midwives at Marshfield Clinic.
Marshfield Clinic Certified Nurse Midwives have been providing maternity and well-woman care since 1987 - attending nearly 10,000 births and providing over 90 years of combined experience in women’s health.
What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?
A Certified Nurse Midwife is a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree in nurse midwifery. Certified Nurse Midwives pass a national exam that tests skills and knowledge in obstetrics, gynecology and newborn care.
Marshfield Clinic Certified Nurse Midwives are nationally certified to practice midwifery and licensed by the state of Wisconsin to prescribe medications. Midwives care for both uncomplicated pregnancies and some high risk pregnancies. Should you encounter complications during your pregnancy or labor, we collaborate and co-manage closely with obstetricians.
Midwives provide well-woman gynecological care throughout a lifetime, including:
- Annual exams
- Contraceptive care
- Pap smears
- Treatment of vaginal infections and sexually transmitted infections
- Treatment of postpartum depression
- Menstrual disorders
- Smoking cessation
A philosophy of individualized care
Each woman deserves individual care that satisfies personal desires and expectations, as well as her emotional, spiritual and physical needs. A woman’s body is uniquely designed to give birth and, in most cases, does so quite beautifully without intervention.
The nurse midwives at Marshfield Clinic believe that women have the right to make informed choices about their health as well as a variety of birthing options. Our goal is to partner with you to ensure a healthy pregnancy while creating a positive, rewarding birthing experience.
Quality care, with a personal touch
Midwives are able to spend more time with you during prenatal visits, labor and birth than a physician might. Research shows that continuous support during labor results in fewer medicated births, fewer interventions, and a lower incidence of Cesarean births. In addition to traditional maternity care, we offer:
- Water birth
- Labor support
- Vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC)
- Lactation consultation
- Assistance with birth plans
- Family-centered care