Should I…Call the Midwife?


Who should deliver your baby? Family doctor, Ob-Gyn…or maybe a midwife is right for you.

“I encourage all soon-to-be families to explore what’s available knowing certified nurse midwives are a safe and trusted option for low-risk, vaginal pregnancies,” said Karen McGivney-Liechti, MSN, APRN-CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife at CHI Health.

“We walk the journey with our moms, listening to their preferences, sharing options and what works well.”

It’s a misconception midwives are untrained labor coaches.

Certified nurse midwives (CNM) are master’s and/or doctorate degree nurses with additional focused training on prenatal and postnatal care including breastfeeding, labor and delivery, and well-woman services.

Many families appreciate midwives’ low-tech, high-touch approach that emphasizes hands-on care and options like water births over induction of labor and epidurals. Like their physician counterparts, midwives can provide pain relief and a higher level of care is always at the ready as back-up.

“Midwives are part of the Birth Center care team at CHI Health. We can seamlessly transition from a natural to cesarean birth. And our patients have access to some of the best neonatologists in the state staffing our NICUs,” she said.

“Your birth plan and who you trust to make it happen is a very personal decision. We want our families to have the birth experience they dreamed about.”

Deliver baby your way!

CHI Health Birth Centers and Maternity Centers both offer comfortable suites and nitrous oxide to relax moms-to-be, with some key differences:

Birth Center:

  • For healthy, low risk moms and babies
  • Midwife-centered approach
  • Holistic delivery emphasizes natural pain relief

Maternity Center:

  • Located within full service hospitals
  • Round-the-clock access to specialty care
  • Pain relief options include epidurals

Karen McGivney-Liechti, MSN, APRN-CNM