Midwifery myth: Midwives only care for pregnant women

What care can a midwife provide at UI Hospitals & Clinics?

Most people associate nurse-midwives with prenatal care and birth. However, the certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) at University of Iowa Health Care also see women of all ages for annual gynecologic exams, pap smears, breast exams, contraception, preconception counseling, and gynecologic problems that come up. Some of these concerns may include checking for infections or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), assessing abnormal menstrual cycles or pelvic pain, amongst many other things. In fact, our midwives are able to see women who they have cared for during pregnancy back each year and watch their babies grow as well.

Midwives provide care with a holistic approach

Our nurse-midwifery group helps provide care to women across the lifespan. We use evidence-based recommendations to assure you are getting the right screening for where you are in your life. We also like to take a holistic approach in our visits with women. We address topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, mental health, and personal safety. We have a wealth of resources here at University of Iowa Health Care, so if any additional referrals are needed to complete your care, we can start the process seamlessly.

Learn more about our midwives and the services they offer.

Last reviewed: 
April 2017

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