A healthy living blog from Marshfield Clinic

Who are midwives? One midwife describes her role

“With woman” is the literal meaning of the word midwife.

That’s exactly how Katie Van Dreese, a certified nurse midwife with Marshfield Clinic Health System, describes her role.

“We provide constant labor support so women feel confident in making choices about their birth. Water birth? Epidural? Natural? We guide you, but you make the decisions. It’s your birth experience,” Van Dreese said.

Midwifery experience and teamwork

Midwives with Marshfield Clinic Health System are certified nurse midwives. In other words, they are registered nurses with a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing, and certification in midwifery.

Van Dreese is on a team of six midwives with more than 87 years of experience that has been a part of the Health System for more than 30 years.  In that time, the team has delivered nearly 9,000 babies.

While the national C-section rate is near 30 percent, the midwifery team has a rate of just 10-12 percent.

We’re a giant family, and I think our patients feel the same. Some are here for their first baby. Others are having their sixth or seventh child with us,” Van Dreese said.

Certified nurse midwives work closely with obstetricians and gynecologists. Each midwife can provide full well-woman gynecological care.

Watch the full story here

Learn more about midwifery and the care a certified nurse midwife can provide.

Related Shine365 stories

Pregnancy fact vs. fiction: Gender prediction, no baths?

Planning a pregnancy? First optimize your health

First trimester tips: What to expect in early pregnancy

Find a Midwife

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

View our comment policy