Midwifery

Certified nurse midwives are experts in low-risk pregnancy, birth and gynecological care. “The role of a midwife in the birth of a child is to provide family-centered and woman-centered care, focusing on physical care, as well as emotional and social support,” says Emily Young Johnson, CNM at Winneshiek Medical Center. “Midwives listen to women and help women to make informed decisions about their health care, according to their own cultural values and personal preferences.”

Nurse midwives are well known for providing care during pregnancy and childbirth; however, they also provide well-woman care across the lifespan, from menarche to menopause, with services such as Pap smears, STD evaluation and treatment, urinary tract infection treatment, mammograms, and bone density testing. Emily says, “A nurse midwife is a resource, counselor, partner and provider of care throughout a woman’s life. We emphasize health education, enabling and empowering women to make informed decisions and experience the satisfaction of personal health.”

Nurse-Midwifery Services at Winneshiek Medical Center include:

  • Well Woman Exams
  • Family Planning
  • Preconception Counseling
  • Prenatal Care
  • Labor Support
  • Delivery Care
  • Post Delivery Care
  • Lactation Assistance/Counseling
  • Gynecological Care
  • Menopausal Care
  • Abnormal Bleeding Evaluation and Treatment
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Disease Prevention

Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) are educated in programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and certified by the ACNM Certification Council. They are licensed in all fifty states to practice in the hospital setting for the most part, but some also assist births in birth centers and the home. CNMs are also trained and credentialed in nursing.