Choosing a Doctor or Midwife to Deliver your Baby
Families can choose from many professionals to deliver their baby and provide care after birth, including obstetricians, family medicine physicians, certified nurse midwives and pediatricians on staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital. For help finding a provider, visit Find a Physician.
Certified Nurse Midwives
Certified nurse midwives are registered nurses who have advanced education and national certification. A midwife is trained to care for a woman before and during childbirth. Certified nurse midwives have a primary focus on low-risk pregnancies and deliveries. Nurse midwives also provide preconception counseling, family planning services, annual pelvic and breast exams, sports physicals, Pap tests, screenings and treatment for infections.
Nurse midwives bring a very personalized, one-on-one approach to patient care with an emphasis on health promotion and education.
Birth Center nurses are knowledgeable and caring, a great combination for patients. All are registered nurses with extensive education including basic life support (BLS) and neonatal resuscitation. Many have specialty expertise in neonatal intensive care.
In addition to clinical care, nurses provide families with personal support. Patients tell us our nurses do a wonderful job of anticipating the needs of moms, babies and families before they have a concern. Nurses pave the way for a smooth delivery, encouraging laboring mothers, educating patients and families and easing their comfort.
Perinatal and Neonatal Specialists
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin's comprehensive care for women and newborns includes the services of perinatologists and neonatologists, specialists who provide care for women with high-risk pregnancies and infants who need additional care and treatment after birth. These specialized services are provided by perinatologists from The Medical College of Wisconsin and neonatologists from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
The specialists are available 24 hours a day and work with physicians, midwives and other providers to care for women and infants right in their own community. When needed, patients have access to the extensive resources of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital.
Board-Certified Lactation Consultant
As a board-certified lactation consultant, your breastfeeding resource person at St. Joseph’s has achieved the highest level of education for lactation professionals. She works with families in the hospital and is available for personal consultations by appointment after discharge. For more information about our lactation consultant, see our Breastfeeding page.