Women’s Care is excited to re-establish its midwifery program and is actively hiring additional team members. The midwives will begin accepting patients October 1st.
What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) provide care to laboring women as part of our team. CNMs are registered nurses with graduate education in midwifery from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. This education includes a university degree as well as hands-on clinical training by practicing CNMs. Each CNM has passed the national certification exam through the American Midwifery Certification Board.
As your partner in care, your midwife will provide you with information and resources so you can make informed decisions. This shared approach to decision making and partnering in planning your care is a key aspect of your midwife’s approach to health care.
Benefits Of A Midwife
- Midwives provide a participatory model of care for prenatal, labor, birth, and postpartum care, including breastfeeding support services in addition to well-woman care.
- Midwives offer a holistic philosophy that emphasizes a more natural approach
- Midwives can provide comprehensive well-woman care, from the teenage years through menopause
If you choose to breastfeed your baby, we are prepared to support your choice with our FREE breastfeeding classes.
- Learn how to breastfeed
- Learn the benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby
- Get off to a great start despite breast surgeries, diabetes, PCOS, early delivery, latching problems and previous latch challenges
The classes are taught by Women’s Care lactation consultant, Cathy Rasmussen, BSN, IBCLC, and are typically held on Monday evenings, 7–9 p.m. For more information, call (541) 868-9700 for classes at the RiverBend office and (541) 686-2922 for classes at the Country Club Parkway office.
Note: Classes are reserved for Women’s Care patients only.
Miffy Davis, has worked in the maternal-child health care field for 32 years – the last 25 dedicated to lactation support and breast health at Women’s Care.
History of Midwifery Care at Women’s Care
Women’s Care was the first group in town to provide midwifery services. Sue Armstrong worked for Women’s Care as a Certified Nurse Midwife from 1996-2003. She helped establish a successful midwifery program for women in Lane County and then joined the Fertility Center in 2007.