Providing care for women throughout their lifetime
When you choose midwifery care, you’ll receive natural, holistic care from Ohio State’s Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM). Our advanced practice, registered nurses are specially trained in gynecologic and obstetrical care.
When it comes to pregnancy and delivery, studies show that women who choose a midwife for care may experience fewer hospitalizations during pregnancy, fewer episiotomies, and feel more in control during childbirth.
In addition to supporting you throughout pregnancy and delivery, our midwives can connect you with additional resources throughout all stages of life.
Source: Hatem M, Sandall J, Devane D, Soltani H, Gates S. Midwife-led versus other models of care for childbearing women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD004667. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004667.pub2
“I had such a great natural delivery with Becky. Thank you for all you do!”
“These women care, provide, comfort and support. That is truly what an expectant mother needs.”
“I completely attribute my beautiful, natural childbirth experiences to the expertise and empowerment I received under the care of my midwives.”
“Thank you for the months of support and encouragement you gave us through pregnancy. We cannot express enough our gratitude for your endless kindness.”
“Thank you for giving me encouragement and sticking by me during delivery when I didn't think I could do it.”
Why Choose Ohio State?
Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center’s comprehensive midwifery program provides the care you want, when you want it. Here are some reasons expectant mothers choose our midwives:
- We offer hydrotherapy (laboring in the tub or shower).
- We focus on providing personalized care, incorporating your individual needs into your care plan.
- We have premium delivery rooms for mothers-to-be, including renovated, private rooms and services for dads/partners/support people.
- We are the only hospital that offers hydrotherapy.
- Our midwives show a commitment to women and their birth choices by providing continuous labor support.
- Our state-of-the-art facility includes the latest equipment and resources for every kind of pregnancy and delivery.
Labor, delivery, and midwifery at Ohio State
Jonathan Schaffir, MD, describes the benefits of choosing obstetrical care at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. For low-risk patients, OSU even offers midwifery services.
Ohio State’s Midwifery Program offers comprehensive care in obstetrics and gynecology for women of all ages. Our midwives provide a compassionate approach to all aspects of women’s health care. We currently offer midwifery care at two locations. OSU midwives offers a variety of care including:
- Annual well-woman exams
- Methods of contraception
- Pregnancy care and delivery
- Treatment for common infections
In addition, if you develop a medical condition that requires more specialized treatment, our midwives refer you to an obstetrician or other specialist.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM)?
Why do people use CNMs?
Women who choose a midwife are generally looking for a provider who will offer them choice in their healthcare options, and a partner in helping them make important decisions regarding their health. Midwives have provided this type of care for hundreds of years. As midwives, we consider ourselves experts in normal pregnancy and birth.
Here are some good explanations from the web site, mymidwife.org:
“When you decide to visit a midwife, you can expect a special kind of care. Some midwives spend up to an hour with first-time patients, and all midwives stay with women through the entire birth process. Midwives strive to become partners in care rather than simply providers of health care.”
“Midwives approach birth, puberty and menopause as normal life events rather than potential medical emergencies. These are times when women need special education or support, but nobody needs to cure or fix them. Midwives believe that if women are given the correct information, they can make safe and satisfying choices.”
“Midwives are trained to recognize complications early and refer you for appropriate care. In a midwife you’ll find the best of health care and human support in one savvy professional.”
Do you attend deliveries at home?
Are you anti-pain medication/anti-epidural?
Where do you attend deliveries?
Will my insurance cover a midwife?
Can I just see the CNMs? When would I see the obstetrician?
Do you have experience with the Bradley Method? Hypnobirthing? Hypnobabies?
Can I have a doula?
Can I labor/give birth in any position?
Do I have to be hooked up to monitors the whole time?
Do I have to have an IV?
Can I labor in the tub or the shower?
Do you offer waterbirth?
Due to the recent opinion statement by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists concerning waterbirth, we have unfortunately had to stop offering waterbirth as an option until we have a research trial in place. We are currently working on designing a trial and hope to be offering waterbirth again very soon. Please note that laboring in the tub is still encouraged.
What if I'm Group Beta Strep (GBS) positive?
Do you do routine episiotomies?
Do you practice delayed cord clamping?
Can my husband/boyfriend/partner cut the cord?
I want to breastfeed right away. Is that OK?
What if I want to decline the Vitamin K injectin or erythromycin eye ointment for my baby?
How soon after delivery can I leave?
Mothers generally do great after childbirth. An early discharge at 24 hours is something we support as long as the mother is stable. More concerning is how baby is doing in the first 24 hours. We recommend speaking with your pediatrician about his/her policy on early discharge.
Do you attend VBACs (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean)?
What is your Cesarean section rate?
Will medical students or residents be involved in my birth?
Which midwife will delivery my baby?
Elizabeth Austin, CNM
Beth has special interests in contraception, teens and underserved populations. In addition to seeing patients at University Hospital East, she also sees patients at OSU Wexner Medical Center’s McCampbell Hall and at the Teen and Pregnant (TaP) Program based at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Beth earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Nurse-Midwifery from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Before moving to Columbus, she worked as a certified nurse-midwife at a federally qualified health center in Cleveland, and attended births at a Cleveland Clinic hospital.
Patricia Dodge, CNM
Pat’s interests include low-intervention birth, midlife health, and empowering women and families to be active decision makers in their health care. For fun, she tends her vegetable garden, reads, helps out in her son’s cafe and travels whenever possible.
Pat became a certified nurse midwife in 1997 after many years as a labor and delivery nurse. She studied midwifery at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and earned her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. She has been a longtime champion of midwifery and in 1998 performed one of Columbus’ first underwater births.
Laurie MacLeod, CNM
Laurie’s interests range from educating patients on their pregnancies, to providing access to contraception, to supporting women in taking an active role in their health care. Laurie’s primary location is University Hospital East’s Ambulatory Care Center. She also sees patients at OSU Wexner Medical Center’s McCampbell Hall and at the Teen and Pregnant (TaP) Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Laurie completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Cincinnati and graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of New Mexico in 2006. She relocated to Columbus from Albuquerque, where she worked in private practice for seven years.
Emily Neiman, CNM
Emily pursued nurse-midwifery beginning in 2005 and graduated from the Ohio State University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Science and a certificate in nurse-midwifery. Emily has experience with both in-hospital and out-of-hospital births and is committed to offering women options in the hospital setting. She is passionate about working with women throughout their lives, and particularly during pregnancy and birth. She believes strongly that pregnancy and birth are normal, natural life events and works to partner with women in their care.
Cassandra Sampsell, CNM
Cassandra’s primary interest is serving Columbus-area women throughout their lifespan. She discovered this “true calling” while working at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center as an RN in a variety of areas, including labor and delivery.
Cassandra graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005. She attended graduate school at The Ohio State University and graduated with her master's degree and certificate in Nurse-Midwifery.
Rebecca Wagner, CNM
Rebecca remains excited about working with women in all stages of their lives and feels especially privileged to work with women throughout pregnancy and childbirth. Her nursing experience includes labor and delivery, as well as being a visiting nurse to pregnant women and new mothers.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a nursing degree in 1997 before proudly serving her country as a U.S. Army Nurse for almost five years. She then returned to school and graduated with her master's degree and a certificate in Nurse-Midwifery.