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 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 care for women through many phases of life including providing well woman exams, pap smears, contraception and preventative care.
“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 focus on providing personalized, hands on care throughout labor and birth.
- We are committed to your birth choices and incorporating your individual needs into your care plan.
- We offer hydrotherapy during labor.
- Our state-of-the-art facility includes private rooms and the latest equipment and resources for every kind of pregnancy and delivery.
- We are experts at empowering women to take an active role in their healthcare.
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. Ohio State's midwives offer 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?
We attend deliveries exclusively at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
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 have hydrotherapy?
Yes. We know that hydrotherapy is very beneficial for pain relief. We offer hydrotherapy during labor within our Aquadoula tubs which are available in all of our labor and delivery rooms.
However, at this time we are not offering birth within the tub due to the American College of OB/GYN committee opinion. We are actively involved in an ongoing research study and hope to be able to offer tub births in the near future.
What if I'm Group Beta Strep (GBS) positive?
Do you do routine episiotomies?
We do not cut episiotomies routinely. If a baby is intolerant of labor and needs to be born immediately, the decision to cut an episiotomy might be made, though this rarely happens. Our current rate of episiotomy is approximately five percent.
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)?
Yes. We are happy to offer this option to women who are delivering their babies at the The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
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 received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she discovered her passion for women's health care and midwifery. In 2007, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree, specializing in Nurse-Midwifery, from Vanderbilt University. Before moving to Columbus in 2013, she practiced in Cleveland and attended births at Lakewood Hospital, a "baby friendly" hospital. Beth is excited to expand midwifery services at Ohio State. She has special interests in contraception, water birth and empowering women to be active decision makers in their healthcare choices.
Patricia Dodge, CNM
Pat Dodge 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 performed one of the first underwater births in Columbus in 1998. Her interests are 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 and helps out in her son’s cafe and travels.
Laurie MacLeod, CNM
Laurie completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati and then worked as a labor and delivery nurse. She graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2006. She worked in Albuquerque in private practice for several years. She is excited to be back in her hometown and to be a part of the growth of midwifery at Ohio State. Laurie partners with patients to educate them about their health and empowers them to become active participants in their health care. Laurie enjoys the relationship that develops through caring for women and their families during pregnancy and beyond.
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 graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005. She then worked at The Ohio State University Medical Center as an RN in a variety of areas including labor and delivery. It was there she discovered her true calling, serving the women of our area throughout their lifespan. She attended graduate school at The Ohio State University and graduated with her master's degree and certificate in Nurse-Midwifery. Cassandra is very excited to join The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Rebecca Wagner, CNM
Rebecca graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a nursing degree in 1997. She then proudly served her country as an Army Nurse for 4 ½ years in a variety of locations. Her nursing experience is varied and includes labor and delivery and a visiting nurse to pregnant and new mothers. She then returned to school and graduated with her master's degree and a certificate in nurse-midwifery. She is excited about working with women in all stages of their lives and feels especially privileged to work with women through pregnancy and birth.