UnityPoint Health - Madison

Midwifery Services

UnityPoint Health – Meriter is pleased to offer midwifery services. The UW Health Certified Nurse Midwives currently practice at the DeForest-Windsor Clinic.

The nurse midwives are registered nurses with advanced education in midwifery, including obstetrics and women's health. All UW Health CNMs have a master's or doctoral degree and have passed stringent national certification exams. Studies show that nurse-midwife deliveries result in a lower rate of medical intervention including Cesareans, episiotomies and forceps births.

Midwives can provide annual physicals and screenings; natural options for symptom management; and perinatal care, including low-intervention birth options like water births. Laura Jacques, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist will continue to provide care at the DeForest-Windsor Clinic. Makeba Williams, MD, also offers OB/GYN care at the Monona Clinic in partnership with UW Health.

To schedule an appointment with one of our certified nurse midwives, please call or request an appointment online at the DeForest-Windsor Clinic.

Approach to Care

The certified nurse midwives offer a holistic approach to primary health care needs for women. The midwives are registered nurses who have completed additional education and training in women's health and maternity care.

For maternity clients, nurse-midwives provide individualized care and attendance throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. The nurse midwives have completed their Master's degrees and are skilled at recognizing risk factors requiring consultation or referral to obstetricians or other specialists. 

This team of experienced midwives is a strong part of the Meriter family, delivering about 10 percent of all babies born at the hospital each year. The certified nurse midwives practice in collaboration with obstetricians, gynecologists and other members of an interdisciplinary team.


The certified nurse midwives who practice view pregnancy and birth as normal, healthy events in the life cycle. They believe that every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care, and to be treated with respect. They value the strength and integrity of a woman's body. They encourage women to be active participants in maintaining their health during pregnancy, birth and throughout their lifespan.

They respect the diversity of beliefs, values and expectations of their clients and will assist them in personalizing their care. While the provision of physical care is an important aspect of nurse midwifery, they also believe that emotional and social support, as well as education, are essential components of health care.

They believe that it is through education and support that women and their families are empowered to be actively involved in making decisions that affect their own wellness.