Allen Hospital was the first hospital in Waterloo to offer midwifery services more than 20 years ago.
Special Kind of Care
More women are choosing to see nurse midwives for their healthcare needs because of their emphasis on personal care. They combine physical care, emotional support and personal preferences to best meet your needs. Our nurse midwives encourage you to be actively involved in healthcare decisions.
A certified nurse midwife is a primary care provider who is educated in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery. A certified nurse midwife is a board certified registered nurse and has completed an accredited graduate level program in midwifery.
Nurse midwives provide holistic healthcare for women throughout their lives with an emphasis on normal pregnancy, labor and birth; well-woman gynecology, family planning care, health promotion, and disease prevention.
What services do nurse midwives provide?
- Breastfeeding support and counseling
- Co-management of low-risk pregnancies with obstetricians
- Delivery, including emotional and physical support during labor
- Gynecological and family planning exams
- Pap smears
- Perimenopausal/menopausal care
- Postpartum care
- Pre-conceptual care
- Pregnancy education and individualized birth plans
- Sexually-transmitted infection screenings
- Treatment for urinary tract and vaginal infections
CenteringPregnancy® is group prenatal care that brings 8-10 women with similar due dates out of the exam room and into a comforting group setting. Each group gathering lasts 90 minutes to two hours, giving each woman more time with providers and nurses within the recommended 10 prenatal visits.
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Meet the Midwives: Episode 1
Meet the Midwives: Episode 2 – All About Babies
Meet the Midwives: Episode 3 – Caring For Women In All Stages Of Life
Meet the Midwives: Episode 4 – Your Birth Control Experts
Meet the Midwives: Episode 5 – CenteringPregnancy® Group Prenatal Care