Beyond delivering babies

Nurse-midwives provide care for total health

When most people hear the word “midwife,” they think of birth. But did you know that certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) can do a whole lot more than catch babies and provide prenatal care?


While many only associate midwives with pregnancy and birth, nurse-midwives are in fact primary care providers. That means that we have the same training as a women’s health nurse practitioner and can provide care for anyone from menarche (the first period) through menopause — whether it’s for wellness exams, Pap tests, contraception, pelvic pain, infertility, STD treatment, you name it. We’re even trained in general primary care and can treat a wide range of conditions, from a sinus infection to depression to hypertension.


Many people prefer to see a nurse-midwife for their gynecologic and wellness care for the same reasons they choose them during pregnancy. At McKenzie Midwives, we offer holistic, relationship-based care with more time during visits (as much as an hour) to get to know you and discuss your health concerns.


We also strive to be trauma-informed and inclusive, knowing that many people, especially those with a history of trauma or who don’t identify as women, have a great deal of anxiety about annual visits and pelvic exams. Did you know you don’t need a pelvic exam every year, or that they can be done without putting your feet in stirrups? We aim to make every patient feel comfortable, informed and empowered during their visit.


We know that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, and we believe in informed decision-making, trusting you to be the expert in your


 


Megan Lewis, CNM

McKenzie Midwives & Lactations Services

960 N. 16th St., Ste 104, Springfield (541) 744-8660