Spectrum Health certified nurse-midwives deliver babies, but their services expand to so much more than that.
What is the benefit of being treated by a midwife from the patient perspective? Certified nurse-midwife Katie Steele answers this question and talks about hospital-based midwifery services expanding to West Michigan’s lakeshore.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are independent health care providers. CNMs are highly qualified providers with graduate degrees in advanced practice nursing, licensed by the State of Michigan and certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board.
CNMs work with other members of the health care team, such as physicians and nurses, to provide the highest quality care. CNMs work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, medical offices, clinics, and birth centers. They provide general health care services, gynecology care, and family planning, as well as maternity care (before, during, and after childbirth).
Midwives focus not only on maternity care, but also on the full range of health needs throughout life. They truly build a lifelong relationship We really focus on wellness for the whole woman by providing care from your first period until after menopause, plus all the important health events in between, such as:
- Birth control & family planning
- Pregnancy & childbirth services for low-risk pregnancies
- Individual and group prenatal care
- Breastfeeding support
- Post-partum care & support
- Routine gynecologic care, such as annual well-woman exams
- Menopause management
Throughout Spectrum Health, they have over 20 certified nurse midwives working in a variety of settings.
Midwifery service utilization throughout Spectrum Health continues to grow so it was time to offer hospital-based midwifery to lakeshore community members.
Most major health insurance companies and Medicaid cover midwifery services, but patients should always check with their insurance provider for coverage specifics.
To make an appointment, contact the following locations:
Spectrum Health Grand Rapids | 330 Barclay | 616-391-2160
Ada Integrated Care Campus | 7128 East Fulton | 616-825-3500
South Pavilion | 80 68th Street | 616-391-3302
Spectrum Health Pennock | 1005 W Green Street Suite 301 Hastings | 269-945-8080
Gerber Memorial Hospital | 212 S Sullivan Avenue Freemont | 231-942-1212
Zeeland Community Hospital | 8333 Felch Street Zeeland | 616-748-2850
Visit spectrumhealth.org/services/womens/midwifery to learn more.