Perinatal Education

Midwifery – BirthCare Health Care

For many women, a nurse midwife is the perfect choice for their pregnancy or gynecological care. A nurse midwife is a registered nurse who receives extra training from an accredited midwifery program and becomes board certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives. Nurse midwives can provide a full range of primary health care services for women and families.

What Is a Certified Nurse Midwife?

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are licensed healthcare practitioners educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery. They provide primary health care to women of childbearing age, including prenatal care, labor and delivery care, care after birth, gynecological exams, newborn care, assistance with family planning decisions, preconception care, menopausal management, and counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention. CNMs attend over 10 percent of the births in the United States. Ninety-six percent of these births are in hospitals. The philosophy of nurse-midwifery care "focuses on the needs of the individual and family for physical care, emotional, and social support and active involvement of significant others according to cultural values and personal preferences.”

Midwives listen to women and provide the information you need to make informed and educated decisions about your health care.

CNMs must graduate from an accredited education program and pass a rigorous certification exam. Because of the high standards established for education and certification, CNMs are licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They attend continuing education programs offered by hospitals, universities, and ACNM.

Certified Nurse-Midwives Provide Quality Care

According to a 2009 Cochrane meta-analysis of studies* (12,276 women) looking at midwife-led care versus care by an obstetrician or family physician, midwifery care was found to have as good or better outcomes in every parameter. Under midwife care women had less need for anesthesia, episiotomies, instrumental birth (such as forceps or vacuum). Furthermore women had increased feelings of control in labor, likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth, and successful breastfeeding. The researchers have found over and over that midwife-led care is associated with several benefits for mothers and babies and had no identified adverse effects.

*Hatem M, Sandall J, Devane D, Soltani H, Gates S. Midwife-led versus other models of care for childbearing women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4.

Source: www.cochrane.org

For pregnancy care, services offered include the following:

  • Pregnancy care and delivery
  • Full information about tests
  • Suggestions on healthy lifestyle and good nutrition
  • Personalized labor support
  • Effective approaches to pain relief
  • Attention to your birth plan
  • Postpartum care
  • Breast feeding assistance

Gynecologic and primary care services offered include the following:

  • Annual pelvic and breast examinations
  • Pre-marital exams
  • Pap tests
  • Screening & treatment for sti’s
  • Family planning/birth control
  • Preconception counseling
  • Acute care for common problems
  • Menopause care
  • Hormone replacement therapy

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

Madsen Health Center (801) 581-4014
University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Nurse-midwifery, Women's Health

Locations:

Teen Mother & Child Program (385) 468-4000
University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Angela Deneris, Ph.D., C.N.M., FACNM

Dr. Ann Deneris has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife since 1981. She is in practice with BirthCare HealthCare, seeing patients at Madsen Clinic for obstetrics and gynecology care, and now caring for a second generation of women. Angela is also a clinician with the Midlife Women’s Health Assessment Clinic with th... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health, Women's Midlife Assessment

Locations:

Madsen Health Center (801) 581-4014

Christina Elmore, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.M.

Christina Elmore has been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2012. She has provided services for women throughout the areas of Seattle, WA and Salt Lake City, UT. She provides full-scope midwifery care, including prenatal care, labor support & deliveries, postpartum care, contraceptive counseling, and routine g... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

Teen Mother & Child Program (385) 468-4000
University Hospital (801) 581-4014
University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Tina M. Fought, M.S., C.N.M., WHNP

Tina Fought is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Utah, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1995. She has practiced at the University of Utah College of Nursing, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah, ... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, OB/Gyn, General

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building (801) 662-1000
Redstone Health Center (435) 658-9262
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center (801) 213-4000

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

Madsen Health Center (801) 581-4014
South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500
University Hospital (801) 585-4014

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, OB/Gyn, General

Locations:

Madsen Health Center (801) 581-8000

Julie King, C.N.M., M.S.N., B.S.N.

Julie King has been a nurse-midwife since 1998 practicing in a variety of settings including private physician-owned and large hospital based practices in Utah and in California. Along with the routine gynecologic care of healthy women throughout their lifetime, she has delivered almost 1900 babies. Julie is a... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500
University Hospital (801) 585-4014

Gwen A. Latendresse, C.N.M., Ph.D.

Certified Nurse-Midwife for over 20 years, providing clinical services with the University of Utah Birthcare Healthcare practice, for women of all ages, including routine gynecological and prenatal services, contraceptive and family planning, peri and postmenopause care.... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Amy B. Nelson, APRN, C.N.M.

Amy Nelson worked for three years in a busy OB/Gyn practice specializing in Women’s Health care needs and concurrently worked in the OB Emergency Services unit at the University of Utah hospital. Recently, she began working with the BirthCare HealthCare unit primarily in the Teen Mother and Child clinic.
... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health

Locations:

Teen Mother & Child Program (385) 468-4000
University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Jessica A. Nelson, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.M.

Jessica Nelson began her midwifery career as a direct-entry midwife in Salt Lake City, UT. She returned to school to become a certified nurse-midwife and practiced for 3 years at an Indian Health Service Hospital in Chinle, AZ and then in a private practice in Bend, OR. She is a clinical faculty member of the ... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

Teen Mother & Child Program (385) 468-4000
University Hospital (801) 581-4014
University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Rita A. Paegle, D.N.P., M.S.N., C.N.M.

Rita Paegle, DNP, MSN, CNM, is a Certified Nurse Midwife at the University of Utah. She received her degree from the University of Utah. Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include international health care, policy, high risk obstetrics, health prevention and promotion, and OB triage. She is also fluen... Read More

Specialties:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Midwifery Services

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-8425

Debra S. Penney, M.S., C.N.M., M.P.H.

Dr. Debra Penney is currently seeing patients in the University of Utah OB/GYN clinic for well woman care and prenatal and postnatal visits. As a certified nurse-midwife she also cares for women in labor and with birth at the University of Utah Hospital. She brings a wide variety of experiences to her clinical c... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Kimberly Powell, WHNP, APRN, M.S., C.N.M.

Kimberly Powell is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and has practiced in Women’s Healthcare since 1985. She currently practices full scope midwifery within a midwifery model of care in the faculty practice which supports midwifery education at the University of Utah. She is also a... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

Madsen Health Center (801) 581-4014
University Hospital (801) 581-4014
University Neighborhood Partners - Hartland Clinic (801) 581-4014

Leissa A. Roberts, D.N.P., C.N.M.

Leissa is a Doctoral prepared board Certified Nurse Midwife who has been faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing since 1993. She has an active clinical practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is accepting new patients. As a clinician, she is committed to listening to women and providing care wi... Read More

Specialties:

Gynecology, Midwifery Services, Nurse-midwifery, Obstetrics, Women's Health

Locations:

Madsen Health Center (801) 581-4014

Jennifer G. Rolley, M.S., C.N.M.

Jen Rolley has been full scope midwifery practice since 2004. She currently sees patients at University Neighborhood Partners - Hartland Clinic and attends births at University of Utah Hospital. Her areas of clinical interest are lactation and postpartum care. Jen is fluent in spanish language.... Read More

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

University Neighborhood Partners - Hartland Clinic (801) 581-4014

Trece B. Swanson, C.N.M., D.N.P., Ph.D.

Trece Swanson, DNP, CNM is a Certified Nurse Midwife at the University of Utah. She received both a Master of Science (MS) degree and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Utah. She is a board certified nurse-midwife, and a member of the Utah Chapter of the American College of Nur... Read More

Specialties:

Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Midwifery Services, Obstetrics

Locations:

South Jordan Health Center
University Hospital (801) 581-8425
University Neighborhood Partners - Hartland Clinic (801) 581-4014

Specialties:

Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

Madsen Health Center (801) 581-4014
Teen Mother & Child Program (385) 468-4000
University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Specialties:

Adult Nurse Practitioner, Midwifery Services, Women's Health

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-4014

Sandra E. Whitney, C.N.M.

Sandra Whitney, CNM is a Certified Nurse Midwife at the University of Utah. She received her degree from the University of Utah. Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include all aspects of women's healthcare, particularly high-risk pregnancies. ... Read More

Specialties:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Midwifery Services, Nurse-midwifery

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-8425
Madsen Women's Health and Breast Clinic 555 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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Appointments
(801) 581-4014
University Hospital, Clinic 4 50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Appointments
(801) 581-4014
South Jordan Health Center 5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
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Appointments
(801) 213-4500
Teen Mother and Child Program - South Main Clinic 3690 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT
Appointments
(385) 468-3690
University Neighborhood Partners - Hartland Clinic
(Habla Español)
1578 West 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Appointments
(801) 581-4014