Providing leading midwifery care for women throughout their lifetime


When you choose midwifery care at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, you’ll receive natural, holistic care from our team of Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM). Our advanced practice nurses are specially trained in gynecology and obstetrics, providing leading midwifery care for women during pregnancy and other life stages.

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 during other phases of life, providing well woman exams, pap smears, contraception and preventative care.

All babies are delivered at the Ohio State Maternity Center with access to the latest equipment and resources for every kind of pregnancy and delivery. 

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 health care.

Our 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 three office locations - Upper Arlington, Dublin and Gahanna while performing deliveries at Ohio State's Maternity Center. 

Ohio State's midwives offer a variety of care including:

  • Annual well-woman exams
  • Methods of contraception
  • Pregnancy care and delivery
  • Prescriptions
  • 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

Is a midwife right for you?

It’s natural to have questions about your health care, especially when it comes to choosing a provider. Here, our midwives answer some of the most frequently asked questions about midwives and midwifery. For questions not answered here, please contact us or schedule a complimentary, no-obligation midwife appointment.

Tips From Our Midwives

Tips From Our Experts

Choosing a trained certified midwife

Misconceptions about midwifery at Ohio State

The advantages of choosing Ohio State for your pregnancy

What to expect with midwifery care

How midwives approach patient care

Labor and delivery choices with a midwife

High touch, low tech delivery with Ohio State Midwifery

Creating your birth plan

When to call your midwife

When to call your midwife

How midwives deal with complications during labor and delivery

The differences between a physician and midwife for pregnancy care

The differences between a doula and midwife

Is midwifery care covered by health insurance?

How partners can help during labor and delivery

Can I have an epidural if I use a midwife

Hydrotherapy and water delivery options at Ohio State

Our Experts


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Emily Neiman

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.

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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.


Lily Zimmermann, CNM

Lily received her BS in Allied Medicine in 2009 from The Ohio State University. During that time, she was exposed to midwifery and her passion for women’s health grew. Lily pursued a career in nursing at Vanderbilt University, where she completed her MSN specializing in Nurse-Midwifery in 2013. After returning from Nashville, Lily worked for a FQHC providing comprehensive prenatal, postpartum and gynecological services to women. Lily focuses on serving women with competent, compassionate and patient centered care; and empowering women to be active facilitators in their healthcare.


Michaela Ward, MS, APRN-CNM

Michaela received her BA in psychology from The Ohio State University. She then moved to New York City where she attended Columbia University, earning a BS and MS in nursing with a specialty in midwifery. She worked with the Midwives at Magee in Pittsburgh and as a laborist at Mt. Carmel St. Ann's prior to joining the midwifery team at Ohio State. She enjoys taking care of women across their lifespan and empowering them to make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. Her special interests include family planning and equitable healthcare.


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