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Nurse Midwives

Certified Nurse-Midwives care for women throughout their life, including during pregnancy, labor, and birth. Midwifery practice includes the management of women’s health care, focusing on pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, family planning, and the gynecological needs of women.

Our Women's Health Department Response to Recent Community Events

On behalf of Women's Health and Wellness

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, we want you to know that the Hennepin Healthcare Women's Health and Wellness Department stands with our community. We share your feelings of horror, grief, and trauma. We rise in solidarity with black, brown, indigenous, and all communities of color who are grieving and fighting for justice. We want you to know that we are here for you and your families. We will use our platform to support the cause of racial justice because we know that racial inequality is a public health crisis.

We recognize the strain that these events have put on our community both emotionally and physically. We continue to provide the best medical care for you. We also understand the fear and difficulties you may experience while navigating your healthcare needs. We are committed to providing safe, accessible, and unbiased healthcare for women of all ages. We are always here to care for you and encourage you to call us with any concerns, including safe transport to the hospital.

We are not only here for you, but we are also here WITH you.

A first for Minnesota: Hennepin Healthcare's Nurse-Midwife Service was the first of its kind in Minnesota, and has been welcoming new babies since 1971! The midwives see patients between 15-50 years old at eight clinics and welcome babies at the Birth Center.

What is a Nurse-Midwife?

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are advanced practice nurses with specialized training and experience in midwifery. They can prescribe medication, perform medical procedures and provide other interventions when medically necessary. CNMs provide:

  • prenatal care
  • labor and delivery care
  • postpartum care
  • yearly gynecological exams
  • birth control and family planning
  • preconception care
  • counseling in health care management and disease prevention

Mindfulness for Expectant Families

Virtual Meditation Drop-in Sessions led by a Hennepin Healthcare midwife

• Learn meditation techniques that cultivate mindful awareness in day to day living
• Practice being with pain and fear in order to prepare for labor/birth
• Start to recognize habits of thinking that lead to suffering
• Increase sense of ease in your life and patience for parenting

Tuesday evenings 7-8 pm via Zoom
No experience or registration required! Partners welcome.

Launch ZOOM
Meeting ID: 920 9872 0343
Password: 085944

One tap mobile: +16513728299
Dial by your location: +1 651 372 8299 US

Questions? Email Kate: [email protected]

For expecting families

We believe that pregnancy is a special time in the life of a family and that birth can be an empowering experience. We believe all expectant mothers have the right to safe, satisfying health care that meets their spiritual and cultural beliefs, values and traditions.

CNMs believe in keeping labor as natural as possible, but are skilled in using interventions when needed to keep mothers and babies safe and healthy. Our Nurse-Midwife Unit is located within the Birth Center, giving you access to a full range of services if needed, including anesthesiologists, OB physicians, pediatric services, Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit and lactation services.

In our practice

The midwives that make up the Nurse-Midwife Service at Hennepin Healthcare see patients in traditional clinic settings and deliver babies at the Birth Center at HCMC.

mother with newborn and nurse midwife in birth center

Contact

Nurse-Midwives

Office: 612-873-2203
Labor or Urgent concerns: 612-873-2946

[email protected]

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