Midwifery

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Midwifery

The certified nurse-midwives at HealthEast provide lifelong care for women including during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

About Certified Nurse-Midwives

Many women choose a midwife because they enjoy building a strong relationship with their caregiver. Other women appreciate midwives' holistic approach to prenatal care, labor and birth.

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are advance practice nurses who have advanced education in midwifery and are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. 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.

CNMs provide prenatal care, labor and birth, care after birth, family planning and pre-conception care, yearly gynecological exams, health maintenance and disease prevention counseling, and peri-menopausal management.

Schedule an appointment

Call to schedule an appointment with a midwife:
651-232-0005
For the convenience of our patients, extended hours are available at some locations. Hours vary by location. Please contact us to learn more.

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HealthEast offers interpreter services for limited English proficiency (LEP) and deaf and hard-of-hearing patients and families.
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MEET OUR CERTIFIED NURSE-MIDWIVES

Beyond just pregnancy care, certified nurse-midwives offer lifelong care for women.
Download a PDF that lists midwives and their locations.

Kaitlin Anderson, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Heather Bacon, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Bridget P. Bahneman, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Amy Bandt, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Rebeca Barroso, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Jessica Bridgeford, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Kathleen C. Bruce, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Carrie J. Frantzich, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Melissa M. Hasler, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Caroline Hauger, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Sarah M. Holmgren, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Valor Hopes, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Anne I. Johnson, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Mary J. Kempf, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Laura E. Leatherman, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Ann S. Oswood, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Katie L. Pehl, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Elizabeth Rowland, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Brie A. Zillhardt, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Karen A. Zimmerman, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Clinic locations

Certified nurse-midwives care for patients at a variety of HealthEast locations.

Birch Center Woodwinds Health Campus
1875 Woodwinds Drive
Suite 250
Woodbury, MN 55125
Grand Avenue Clinic
870 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Maplewood Clinic
3100 Kennard Street
Maplewood, MN 55109
Midway Clinic
1390 University Avenue W.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Roselawn Clinic
1983 Sloan Place
Suite 1
St. Paul, MN 55117
Roseville Clinic
2680 North Snelling Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113

Meet the Midwives

We host a quarterly event where you can meet our providers. Current and prospective patients, as well as partners, friends and family, are welcome.

Aug
08

Meet the Midwives

You are invited to meet the HealthEast Nurse-Midwives. Whether you are already a patient or looking for a new provider, this free event is for you! You...

Nov
15

Meet the Midwives

You are invited to meet the HealthEast Nurse-Midwives. Whether you are already a patient or looking for a new provider, this free event is for you! You...

Prenatal care

Believing that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes, midwives tailor their care to the individual needs of each patient. They:

  • Offer the option of traditional prenatal care or Prenatal Circle (group prenatal care)
  • Offer guidance on proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and travel during pregnancy
  • Encourage women to make labor and birthing choices unique to their personal needs
  • Prefer to minimize technological interventions during labor and birth
  • Stress education, counseling and continuous hands-on care during labor, birth and postpartum
  • Support a variety of labor options, including the freedom to move around, massage, a rocking chair, a deep tub or shower, a birthing ball, moist heat, waterbirth and pain medication
  • Are qualified to administer medications, order labor epidurals and perform some medical procedures

Prenatal Circle (formerly "Centering Pregnancy")

Prenatal Circle is a unique model of prenatal care that includes three components: health assessment, education and support. A group of women with similar gestational ages gather for:

  • Private physical assessments with a HealthEast Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Actively participate in their care by self-checking their blood pressure and weight
  • Enjoy group support with time to talk about topics related to their phase of pregnancy

The group meets for 10 sessions and has a dynamic atmosphere that is ideal for learning and sharing lasting less than 2 hours. The group takes the place of traditional prenatal appointments and insurance typically covers the service. Together, the group learns care skills, participates in discussions and develops a support network with other group members. The groups are lively, interactive and women-centered. Women who have participated in the Prenatal Circle groups report a tremendous satisfaction with their experience and sometimes make connections that last beyond the group. Partners are also welcome to attend.

To learn more or join a group, talk to your nurse-midwife or call 651-232-0005.

When additional support is needed

Sometimes births become complicated, and additional support is needed. Certified nurse-midwives are trained to recognize and manage complications early and collaborate with doctors to ensure optimum care for women and their babies.

At HealthEast, we have special at-risk care units, on-site surgical suites and level II nurseries staffed with neonatologists and nurse practitioners.

Beyond delivering babies

Many people think of midwives only in connection with childbirth. On the contrary, midwives provide a wide range of services for all ages of women – from puberty through menopause.

  • Yearly gynecological exams
    Many women choose midwives for their yearly gynecological exams. Midwives also make an excellent choice for young women transitioning from pediatric care to adult medical care.
  • Family planning and pre-conception
    Midwives are trained to provide personalized attention to the needs of couples as they begin planning a family.
  • Health maintenance and disease prevention
    From caring for a woman's general medical needs to treating vaginal infections and counseling about sexually transmitted infections, certified nurse midwives often become primary care providers for many women.
  • Peri-menopause care
    Women today have more options than ever for managing menopause symptoms. Certified nurse-midwives can help them unravel the choices, from hormone replacement therapy to alternative medicine.