The U-M Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital’s Nurse-Midwifery Service is dedicated to providing women the best care available, using an individualized approach, minimal intervention, and ensures a woman’s full involvement in decision-making related to her care. For almost 30 years midwives have provided care for women at U-M using a holistic, woman-centered approach. The U-M midwives listen to your preferences and plans, offer support and education and encourage you to participate fully in your care. Our nurse-midwives’ philosophy is to be a partner in your health care, using a high touch/low tech approach with the goal of creating an individual plan of care that best meets your unique needs.
U-M’s eight certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who have completed a Master’s Degree as well as a graduate midwifery education program. They are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, licensed by the state of Michigan and faculty members at the University of Michigan Health System.
U-M nurse-midwives offer a spectrum of health care services for women. In addition to pregnancy and childbirth care, they work with women to support their gynecologic and family planning needs. Nurse-midwives work independently in the care of healthy women but they have access to the full depth of expertise at the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital should you require additional services. For those who may develop complications during pregnancy, our nurse-midwives work as a team with U-M’s maternal fetal medicine specialists, who are among the best in the world, to ensure you receive the highest-quality services available.
Your Pregnancy and Delivery with U-M Nurse-midwives
We provide care at many area health centers, with births taking place at the Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital Birth Center. Our services focus on education, support and partnership to provide optimal well-being for the patient and her family. They include:
- Prenatal/pregnancy care with an emphasis on the health and personal wellness of both mother and baby
- Education during pregnancy on topics such as nutrition, exercise, planning for labor/birth and parenting
- Education on breastfeeding and baby care
- Continuous direct, personal care during labor and delivery
- Routine well-patient gynecologic care after your baby’s birth including physical and pelvic exams, Pap smears, breast exams, birth control and family planning assistance
During the childbirth process, our nurse-midwives will take every step to ensure your birth experience includes the elements you desire to welcome your child into the world. Births are supported in a quiet, peaceful setting that can include family members. If complications arise, you will have access to the medical specialist teams and services from throughout University Hospital and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
All our nurse-midwives meet on a regular basis to discuss the needs and requests women and their families have so that we can tailor our care to an individual’s specific needs and preferences. During labor and childbirth you will be cared for by one of the midwives in the group. We encourage women to attend one of our regularly-scheduled open house events to meet the other nurse-midwives, so you are familiar with them all.
At the University of Michigan, childbearing women cared for by the nurse-midwifery service have a Cesarean section rate of 14 percent, compared to a national rate of 32 percent. Women in our care also benefit from a vaginal-birth-after-Cesarean success rate of 75 percent compared to the national average of 25 percent. We believe these positive outcomes are due to our individualized approach, our commitment to evidence-based care, our partnership with and support of women throughout their pregnancy, labor and birth, and our excellent collaboration with our obstetrician colleagues.
In most cases, services provided by nurse-midwives are covered by insurance.
For women seeking a natural birth experience in which they are active partners in their own care, our nurse-midwives and their U-M physician colleagues will be with you every step of the way.