Fairview nurse midwives - a choice for the childbirth process

Midwives assist you through the challenges and joys of pregnancy and birth, in addition to actively participating in your health care journey. Fairview offers the services of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) at select clinic locations and at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

What is a certified nurse-midwife?
A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who has a Master of Science degree in midwifery and holds a national certification from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. In the United States, the profession dates back to the 1920s, and today there are thousands of certified nurse-midwives practicing in all 50 states.

Midwives tailor their care to the individual needs of each patient. Preferring to minimize technological interventions, they stress education, counseling and hands-on care during labor, birth and postpartum. In addition to being with you from active labor through birth, certified nurse-midwives are qualified to administer medications, order labor epidurals and perform some medical procedures.

During pregnancy, midwives offer guidance on proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and travel. They encourage you to make birthing choices unique to your personal needs. They support a variety of labor options, including the freedom to move around, a rocking chair, a birthing ball, moist heat and pain medication. If there are any complications during your pregnancy or delivery, the midwife will work with a consulting obstetrician to direct your care.

Benefits of receiving care from a midwife during pregnancy and birth:
• Low rates of c-sections
• High rates of successful VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
• Expertise in labor support and drug-free comfort tools
• Ability to offer pain medication in labor, including epidurals
• Focus on holistic, family-centered care
• Possibility of offering option of labor and/or birth in a water birthing tub (discuss this with your midwife)
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Certified nurse-midwives also provide:
• Yearly gynecological exams
• Services for young women transitioning from pediatric care to adult medical care
• Birth control, family planning and pre-conception counseling
• Personalized attention to the needs of women during reproductive years
• Primary care services including treating infections and depression
• Peri-menopause counseling

If you’re thinking about having your baby at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, or are looking for a gynecological health partner, consider making an appointment with a certified nurse-midwife at one of the clinics below.

Fairview Clinics – Riverside
Riverside Professional Building
606 24th Ave. S. Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Women’s Health Specialists Clinic
Riverside Professional Building
606 24th Ave. S. Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Fairview Clinics – Uptown
3033 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
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