Midwives Find a Location Find a Doctor Family Birth Place Family Birth Place Classes Pre-admission Natural Childbirth Midwives Triage, Labor, Delivery & Recovery, Postpartum Units Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Quiet Time Dedicated Staff Follow-up Care Physicians for Women WebNursery® Maternal-Fetal Center Breastfeeding Testimonials Resources Aromatherapy Baby Steps Program Every Child Succeeds First Steps Early Intervention Footprints Perinatal Program Natural childbirth is an option that allows you to deliver your baby without medicines. Instead of using anesthesia to manage labor pain, you learn relaxation and deep breathing techniques. Your focus is on easing your child into the world naturally. Natural childbirth is a deeply important and personal choice for many women – one that requires a healthcare provider who is open to your wants and needs. The certified nurse-midwives with St. Elizabeth Physicians Women’s Health understand how important this decision is to you. They will provide you with attentive, compassionate support and the knowledge to make your natural childbirth experience the one you imagined. Certified, Comprehensive Midwifery Care All St. Elizabeth Physicians midwives are licensed advanced practice registered nurses who are certified in midwifery by the American Midwifery Certification Board. You can trust they will provide competent, safe care and help you make the right choices for you and your baby. When you choose the midwives of St. Elizabeth Physicians for your care, you’ll have access to all the award-winning birthing services at The Family Birth Place, including high-risk pregnancy services should you require them. What do midwives do? St. Elizabeth Physicians midwives are your partner before, during and after natural childbirth. Our midwives provide education and prenatal care for you as you prepare for the big event. They also attend labor and delivery, coaching you through every step. Other services they provide include: Annual well-woman exams Reproductive care Patient education Some women choose midwives over doctors because midwives offer a unique kind of support and more options for natural childbirth. Midwives have the knowledge to help women make their birthing experience as natural as possible. How are midwives different from doctors? Obstetricians attend medical school to obtain their medical degree. They then complete years of additional training in obstetrics and gynecology in order to become an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN). All certified nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). This means they must first complete nursing school and become registered nurses before they become midwives. Once they complete their nursing training, they obtain a graduate degree from an accredited midwifery education program. Both doctors and midwives attend births in hospitals and birthing centers. How do midwives work with obstetricians? If your pregnancy is healthy, your midwife can be your sole healthcare provider. Some conditions in pregnancy may be considered high-risk. In this case, your midwife will refer you to an obstetrician so you can receive the extra support you need. You may continue to see your midwife in collaboration with the obstetrician if recommended. Midwife Care A newer trend in health care, in birthing and beyond, is gaining ground in the Tri-State. Many women are choosing to use midwives. LEARN MORE Find a St. Elizabeth Physicians Midwife The midwives with St. Elizabeth Physicians Women’s Health see patients at the following locations: Women's Health Cold Spring Women's Health Crittenden Women's Health Edgewood Women's Health Florence Turfway All of our midwives are certified nurse-midwives (CNMs): Jennifer Dooley, CNM Lisa Downton, CNM Allison Forbes, CNM Kelly Ganster, CNM Mary Kramer, CNM To schedule an appointment with one of our midwives, please call (800) 737-7900.