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McFarland Clinic joins in celebrating National Nurse Midwifery Week

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October 7, 2013

McFarland Clinic joins in celebrating along with our four nurse midwives National Nurse Midwifery Week October 6th – 12th. As part of midwifery week, we would like to introduce you to our midwives:

Susan Burham:

Susan has more than 19 years of experience in women’s health care, including 13 years as a full-scope midwife. She began her work as a La Leche League breastfeeding counselor and Bradley Method childbirth educator. A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing was earned from Grand View College, followed by a Master’s Degree in Midwifery from Philadelphia University. Susan has two grown children and lives in Nevada. When she is not catching babies, Susan spends time enjoying church, vintage home renovation, water sports, and RV travel. 
Special Interests Include: Herbal and other homeopathic therapies, birthing stool, initial infertility assistance. 

Donna Deardorff:

Donna began her career as an RN and was employed by Mary Greeley for approximately 20 years prior to becoming a nurse midwife in 1999. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Grand View College, and Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. Donna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, riding bikes and motorcycle riding. 
Special Interests Include: Gynecologic care

Dawn Heaberlin:

Dawn’s nursing career began 34 years ago, with the last 19 years being in nurse midwifery. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Graceland University in Lamoni , her Midwifery Certificate from Frontier School of Midwifery and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. She is active in her church, enjoys working alongside her husband on their acreage, grand parenting, revitalizing and repurposing “old things”, cooking and quilting.
Special Interests Include: “Natural Birth support” and use of water in labor 

Alice May:

Alice joined the McFarland Clinic in December of 2009. She worked for 14 years as a labor and delivery nurse prior to earning her midwifery degree. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, NE and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Hyden KY.  She has been married for 28 years , has 4 children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, cooking and baking (especially with new ingredients), biking and knitting. Autumn is her favorite season. 
Special Interests Include: Helping women achieve the birth experience they desire! She is currently pursuing training for female sexual dysfunction.


What is a midwife?

Midwives have been available to women since the beginning of time. The word “midwife” means to be “with women.” A midwife works to teach, support, love and empower women throughout all stages of life.
A nurse-midwife is a registered nurse with graduate level training in midwifery. Nurse-midwives (CNMs) are also nurse-practitioners (ARNPs) in Iowa, and are thus licensed to provide primary care, order tests and medications, provide prenatal and birth care and preventive gynecological services including contraception. 

Do I need to be seen by a doctor / how is midwifery different?

Your midwife will provide care before, during and after your pregnancy. The midwife will monitor your physical and psychological well being, teach you about nutrition and other ways that you can maximize your health, provide you with labor support, complete your pap tests and annual exams, and diagnose and treat minor,  acute illnesses such as bladder or yeast infections. Your midwife will also help you navigate the changes of puberty and menopause. 
Midwives care primarily for healthy and low-risk women. Your midwife will consult with,  or refer you to, one of our collaborating physicians if you should develop a complication. If you should need a cesarean, your midwife may also serve as the surgical assistant. 

What is birth like with a midwife?

McFarland midwives deliver babies at Mary Greeley Medial Center. During your labor, you will be offered labor support by the nurses and midwife. This support may include massage, position changes, music, dim lights, flameless candles, birth balls or birth stools. Some women also prefer to use a labor tub to minimize discomfort. If you desire pain medication, your midwife will place the order for IV medication or epidural anesthesia. You may birth in the position of your choice, with the baby lifted into your arms when you are ready. We encourage you to keep your healthy baby with you for bonding. 

I’ve been thinking about an IUD for birth control; is that something that a midwife can insert?

Yes!  Your midwife can discuss various methods of birth control including oral contraceptives, implants, IUDs, rings, patches, barrier methods and natural family planning. You will learn advantages and disadvantages of each, so that you can make an informed choice regarding your contraceptive options, then get you started on your selected method. 
McFarland Clinic Midwives provide obstetrics and gynecology services in Ames and Ankeny. To schedule an appointment with a certified nurse midwife, call the McFarland Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at 515-239-4414.


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