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What is a midwife?

A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is an advanced practice nurse specializing in labor and delivery and gynecological health. A midwife provides women's health services beyond the delivery room, including:

  • Prenatal and postpartum care
  • Vaginal births
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Gynecologic care
  • Reproductive and sexual health
  • Contraception and family planning
  • Peri- and postmenopausal care

Why Choose Midwifery?

Midwives can take a more natural approach to childbirth and are a great option for low-risk, healthy pregnancies. According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, benefits of receiving midwifery care include:

  • Decreased risk of needing a cesarean
  • Reduced rates of labor induction and augmentation
  • Reduced use of regional anesthesia
  • Decreased infant mortality rates
  • Decreased risk of preterm birth
  • Decreased third and fourth-degree perineal tears
  • Lower costs for both clients and insurers
  • Increased chances of having a positive start to breastfeeding
  • Increased satisfaction with the quality of care

At JPMC, our midwife works closely alongside board-certified obstetricians if and when high-risk complications arise to ensure peace of mind for both mother and baby.

Meet the Midwife

Kristin Whipple is a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant. 

Learn more about maternity care at JPMC or find an obstetrician.

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