Certified Nurse Midwifery in Mauston
Providing Primary & Pregnancy Care to Women
The term ‘midwife’ means ‘with woman.’ Certified
nurse midwife care is available at Mile Bluff for women at all stages of life. As advanced practice nurses,
midwives can do all of the things an OB/GYN or family medicine provider
can do for low-risk patients. Whether it is working with a teenage girl
during puberty, helping a college-aged student through her first gynecologic
exam, or assisting a first-time mother through pregnancy, midwives are
focused on supporting and empowering women as they make healthcare choices.
Midwife services include:
- primary care
- pregnancy care and delivery
- postpartum care
- annual gynecologic exams
- birth control/contraception management
- gynecologic care (UTIs, STIs)
- menopause management
- lactation and breastfeeding support
Highly Educated & Trained
Certified nurse midwives are registered nurses with graduate education
in midwifery. They have graduated from an accredited nurse midwifery education
program and passed a national certification exam. Midwives provide general
healthcare throughout a woman’s lifespan, and are able to prescribe
medication and treatments for patients.
The Special Midwife Connection
With a mission to empower women in healthcare decisions and to a provide
a safe space for care, midwives bring a unique sense of compassion, mutual
respect and companionship to pregnancy and the overall women's health
experience. The addition of midwifery allows Mile Bluff to further enhance
the pregnancy care program and women’s health services that the
family medicine and gynecology team has already established.
Midwives & Childbirth
From preconception to delivery and postpartum care, certified nurse midwives
at Mile Bluff follow low-risk patients throughout pregnancy. Prenatal
care is provided in the clinic setting and when its time to deliver, midwives
help mothers through labor in Mile Bluff's
birthing center in Mauston.
Using a ‘high-touch, low-intervention’ approach, midwives support
expecting mothers through labor, delivery, and postpartum care. Following
personalized plans, midwives make every attempt to abide by patients’
wishes throughout the birthing process, as long as the health and safety
of the mother and baby are preserved. Midwives are well versed in using
natural pain relief techniques, and will support mothers if they want
to use an epidural or other
pain management options.
Midwives provide care for low-risk pregnancies. If a problem should arise
during labor, a midwife can immediately access a partnering obstetrician.
Depending on the circumstances she may simply consult with the doctor
and proceed. If intervention such as a c-section is needed, the midwife
will stay with her patient as the doctor performs the delivery.
After delivery, the midwife attends to the new mother's medical and
emotional needs and helps the new family adjust to baby.
Breastfeeding support and
lactation consultations are available at Mile Bluff Clinic with the help of an
international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). It is important to remember that even though breastfeeding is
‘natural,’ it still requires the learning of skills. Consistent,
evidence-based, scientific, and active support from an IBCLC can help
mothers achieve success for however they choose to feed their babies.
As an IBCLC, the certified nurse midwife combines medical evaluation,
evidence-based medicine and consistent lactation support to address breastfeeding
Mothers do not need to be patients of Mile Bluff to receive the breastfeeding
help they need. A lactation consultation visit is not considered a specialty
and will be billed through insurance as an office visit. Those who are
looking for lactation support are encouraged to call their insurance carrier
for details on specific coverage.
To make an appointment with a certified nurse midwife for primary care,
pregnancy care, or lactation support, call Mile Bluff Clinic at 608-847-5000.