Fairview nurse-midwives are honored for outstanding patient results

They exceed the standards for premature births, C-sections, and breastfeeding

Our nurse-midwives at Fairview Center for Women in Edina and the Fairview Clinic in Minneapolis' Riverside neighborhood have been recognized with the Triple Aim award — a testament to the great care they provide new and soon-to-be moms.

To be considered for this honor from The American College of Nurse-Midwives, they must meet certain standards that improve health and patient experience, and reduce the cost of care. Those standards are:

  • A premature birth rate below 11.4 percent
  • A cesarean section rate below 23.9 percent
  • More than 81 percent of moms exclusively breast-feeding their babies for the first 48 hours

Both clinics are beating those numbers.

How they do it

Nurse-midwives view pregnancy and birth as normal life events and emphasize women-centered care.

“We empower our patients,” says Melissa Kitzman, Lead Nurse-Midwife in Edina. "I help guide my patients toward an active role in their care."

It’s more than just presenting patients with choices and explaining the pros and cons. It's a philosophy of shared decision-making — with both the patient and midwife sharing information and values, and both parties being involved from beginning to end.

Focus on education and support

A big part of our nurse-midwives' success can be attributed to the education and support they provide.

“We educate our patients so they have the knowledge to make a decision that is best for them and their baby,” Melissa says. “And if patients need more information or help, we have resources available."

Resources and tips for healthy eating or help with quitting smoking, for example. Midwives often collaborate with other specialists like social workers, community nurses, or OB/GYNs — anything that contributes to a healthy baby.

Midwives also are an active partner during labor. It’s proven that continuous support during labor reduces the rate of C-sections as well as births assisted by vacuum or forceps.

Even after the baby is born, midwives can continue to care for a woman for many years.

Melissa says, “Being able to partner and collaborate with my patients, and provide them with safe and high-quality care, is why I love my job.”

Meet our team and learn more about their services, or call 855-FAIRVIEW to make an appointment.

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