For centuries, women have looked to midwives for advice and assistance in childbirth. Today’s certified nurse-midwives continue this tradition of personal, family centered care as a highly skilled health professional drawing on the vast resources of modern medicine.
At Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron and Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, certified nurse-midwives care for healthy women from early adolescence through the onset of menopause. They specialize in:
- Birth control, including IUD insertion
- Preconception counseling
- Prenatal care
- Labor and delivery
- Breast-feeding assistance
- Postpartum care
- Well-women annual exams
- Menopause management
Certified nurse-midwives are fully qualified to prescribe and administer medications. They offer patients a wide range of pain management options, including epidurals. Family medicine physicians and obstetricians are readily available for consultation and backup, if needed.