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Celebrating Midwifery Week

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October 4, 2011

McFarland Clinic is celebrating Midwifery Week October 3-9 in honor of our team of certified nurse midwives (CNMs) who have collectively served clinic patients for nearly five decades.

McFarland Clinic has four CNMs on staff:
Donna has been working at McFarland Clinic as a CNM for 12 years. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Grand View College in Des Moines, IA, she received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Carol has been with McFarland Clinic for 18 years. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Grand View College, she earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Dawn has been at McFarland Clinic for 17 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Graceland College in Lamoni, IA, and her master’s degree in nursing from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing-Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. 
Alice joined the McFarland Clinic midwifery team two years ago. She received her bachelor’s degree from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE, and her master’s degree in nursing from the Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing in Hyden, KY.
All four of the McFarland Clinic midwives are board certified as well, and provide a variety of women’s health services, from comprehensive obstetric care to gynecological care, including Pap tests and prevention and treatment for related illnesses.
“The midwifery practice at McFarland Clinic is a perfect example of a collaborative practice,” says Carol Ellertson, CNM. “I feel we have genuine support of the physicians in our department as well as the other departments.This makes McFarland Clinic a great place to practice nurse midwifery care.”  
Learn more about the clinic’s team of midwives and the entire Obstetrics & Gynecology Department.

Q&A with the Midwife Team

Users of McFarland Clinic’s Facebook page submitted several questions when asked what they wanted to know more about our midwives in honor of 2011 Midwifery Week. Below are the questions asked with answers by the McFarland Clinic midwives.
Where would I deliver with a midwife?
The McFarland Clinic CNMs deliver their clients on the Birthway's unit at Mary Greeley Medical Center.  We do not do home deliveries in our practice.
What training and education does a midwife have?
All of the McFarland CNMs have bachelor degrees and master degrees in nursing. We are licensed by the Iowa Board of Nursing as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs).
Do the midwives work with the obstetricians when taking care of someone who is pregnant?
Yes, we work closely with the obstetricians. During pregnancy we provide a complete course of care, including prenatal care, care during labor and delivery, and postpartum follow up after delivery. We provide this care for women who are low risk and do not develop complications. For women who develop mild complications, we collaborate with our obstetricians to develop an individualized plan of care for that client. In these cases, she continues to see the midwives during her regular appointments. However, for women who develop severe complications, care is transferred to the obstetrician. Depending on the type and severity of complication, she may be able to resume seeing the midwives for future pregnancies.
If I’m having trouble getting pregnant, can I see a midwife about this?
The midwives often are involved in the initial visit when a patient identifies this issue. We have often seen these women for annual exams, etc. We then send them for a consult with an MD and then when a pregnancy occurs we may then care for them in the pregnancy if they so desire.
I’m pregnant with twins – would I still be able to see a midwife for this pregnancy?
A twin pregnancy is out of the realm of our midwifery practice. 


























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