Center for Midwifery to open clinic
New clinic location in LongmontCollege of Nursing Marketing | College of Nursing Jan 20, 2017
The Center for Midwifery (CFM) is in the process of expanding into Northern Colorado, opening a new location in Longmont in February 2017 and extending their services to Longs Peak Hospital in August 2017. Jessica Anderson, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, Senior Instructor, Center for Midwifery Director, says this is part of a longstanding goal to replicate the CFM and Anschutz Medical Campus model of "evidence-based care, alternative labor/birth options, family centered care, strong community partnerships, and solid collaboration with nursing and other provider groups" in other locations.
CFM was presented with the wonderful opportunity to expand when UCHealth planned to open a brand new hospital in Longmont. This location was the ideal site for a new midwifery practice as the women of Longmont and its surrounding areas have not had immediate access to a nurse-midwifery model of care for over a decade. Women in Boulder and Weld county and the surrounding area will now have access to water birth and nitrous oxide options when giving birth. CFM is one of the only hospital practices in Colorado that offers both of these options. CFM will also offer other alternative supportive tools for labor including TENS, sterile water papules, aromatherapy, and birth stool.
The midwives of CFM are very excited to begin offering a nurse-midwifery model of care to the community's women and families. Another goal for the new Center, Jessica says, is to establish a strong culture of collaboration among different providers in order to best serve the area's women and their families. "We would like our practice to be a model of care nationwide, where evidencebased community midwifery care is embraced for its successful outcomes." By also training future midwives, CFM allows for this nationwide expansion of the nurse-midwifery model of care.
CON midwives Ana Williams, MS, CNM, Senior Instructor, and Sheri Williams, CNM, Assistant Instructor, both live in the communities where CFM will be providing care. Their existing community relationships and knowledge of resources for women in the area will serve as wonderful assets as the Longmont CFM starts seeing patients.
"They both bring a wealth of knowledge, passion, and midwifery expertise to provide high quality care to the families they will care for," Anderson says. Along with a third midwife who will be hired by July, the new CFM patients will have access to other top-notch professionals within the CU and UCH system.
Anderson explains that the new Center will contribute to the principles of the College of Nursing in the following ways:
- Excellence–Our vision for this new practice is rooted in excellence from the very beginning. It starts with our long track record of successful midwifery practices at AMC, and later will include teaching and research. The CON has had successful midwifery practices for over 35 years.
- Community–The CNMs are actively involved in planning for Longs Peak Hospital. We have developed new partnerships and relationships with UCHealth providers and community stakeholders.
- Visionary–In order to build a new, successful midwifery practice, it is essential to have a vision and leadership in place to take us there. We are replicating a successful model, CFM at AMC that is leading the expansion up north.
- Inclusivity–Although we have a clear vision for our midwifery practice, collaboration is a tenet of this practice, and having input from the obstetricians and pediatricians that we will be working with has been essential to establishing ourselves in Longmont.
- Caring–Caring is essential to all we do as nurse midwives, be it for our patients, our community, our fellow providers.
- Integrity–The faculty involved in the expansion have represented the CON in a respectful, positive and healthy manner.