Midwifery myth: Midwives do not handle high-risk pregnancies

One of the main responsibilities of the certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is working with women and their families to achieve the birthing experience they desire. It may surprise some people to learn about the variety of women they can care for during pregnancy and childbirth.

Certified Midwives at UI Hospitals & Clinics

Our CNMs care for women of all ages, including teens and mothers in their forties. We also care for women desiring a vaginal birth after cesarean section and have an 80 percent success rate. Our midwives have easy access to consultation with obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine physicians, and genetic counselors. They also have a wonderful ultrasound unit where all of the ultrasonographers are specialists in obstetric ultrasounds and they are read by a maternal-fetal medicine physician.

During your labor, you can make yourself at home in your room and your midwife is with you as needed. If a complication arises, obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine physicians, anesthesiologists, and one of the best neonatal intensive care units in the country are just on the other side of the door. 

Learn more about our midwives and the services they offer.

Last reviewed: 
March 2017

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