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The Birthplace: Certified Nurse Midwives

Delivering babies and women’s health care

Fairview midwives help you through the challenges and joys of pregnancy and birth as partners in your health care.

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Fairview offers the services of certified nurse midwives (CNM) at Fairview Clinics – Riverside and Uptown in Minneapolis. They partner with women throughout pregnancy and support them during childbirth at University of Minnesota Medical Center and provide well-women care as well.

Our team has over 75 years of combined experience and is passionate about caring for women. If there are any complications during your pregnancy or delivery, your midwife will work with a consulting obstetrician to direct your care.

Learn about our services
Watch the videos below to learn more about care from a midwife, birth options and more. Below the videos you’ll find information about the type of care you can expect to receive from a Fairview midwife, as well as a unique chance to join a prenatal care group. We also encourage you to view the provider’s biographies on our care team plan to meet our team.




Benefits of choosing a midwife
  • Low rates of c-sections
  • High rates of successful VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
  • Expertise in labor support and drug-free comfort tools
  • May offer pain medication in labor, including epidurals
  • Holistic, family-centered care
  • Personalized, patient-centered care

What is a certified nurse-midwife?
A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who has a Master of Science degree in midwifery and holds a national certification from the American College of Nurse-Midwives

A natural choice for many
Many women choose midwives because they enjoy building a strong relationship with their caregiver. Other women appreciate midwives' natural approach to prenatal care, labor and birth.

Midwives tailor their care to the individual needs of each patient. Preferring to minimize technological interventions, they stress education, counseling and continuous hands-on care during labor, birth and postpartum.
In addition to being with a woman from active labor through birth, certified nurse-midwives are qualified to administer medications, order labor epidurals and perform some medical procedures.

During pregnancy, midwives offer guidance on proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and travel. They encourage women to make birthing choices unique to their personal needs. They support a variety of labor options, including the freedom to move around, massage, a rocking chair, water births, a birthing ball, moist heat and pain medication.

Beyond childbirth 
Many people only think of midwives in connection to childbirth, but they do much more. Our team provides a wide-range of care for women of all ages – from puberty through menopause:
  • Yearly gynecological exams
  • Services for young women transitioning from pediatric care to adult medical care
  • Birth Control, family planning, and pre-conception counseling
  • Personalized attention to the needs of women during reproductive years
  • Primary care services including treating infections and depression
  • Peri-menopause counseling
Links:
Shared Wisdom Group Prenatal Care
www.mymidwife.org
www.nursemidwivesmn.org
www.nursing.umn.edu/DNP/specialties/nurse-midwifery/index.htm
Minnesota Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives

Care Team

We believe every woman deserves to receive care that is safe, satisfying and fosters her ability to care for herself. We partner with each patient by actively listening, providing information and education and supporting her to make the decisions that are best for herself.

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.
 
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