CU Midwives Expand Reach
The Center for Midwifery opens new clinical location at Lone Tree Health CenterCollege of Nursing Marketing | College of Nursing Apr 9, 2014
On Friday, April 4, the Center for Midwifery (CFM) opened their new Lone Tree clinic. Certified Nurse-Midwife and Associate Service Director of the Center for Midwifery, Jessica Anderson, MSN, CNM WHNP-BC, describes the location as “a beautiful facility with a Colorado feel. There are more than 20 other disciplines operating at the state-of-the-art Lone Tree Health Center. We are the first obstetric service to be part of the Lone Tree Health Center. We’re paving the way for obstetrical and women’s health care down south.” Families now have the option to work with a midwife at a wonderful new clinic full of specialty medical experts. Best of all, patients can receive care closer to home and come to the Anschutz Medical Campus when it is time to give birth.
Who are our CFM midwives?
The CFM midwife team includes the following midwives:
- Jessica Anderson, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC
- Nichol Chesser, DNP, CNM
- Leigh Golden, MSN, CNM
- Jessica Howard, MSN, MSW, CNM
- Jessica Pettigrew, MSN, CNM
- Julianne Williams, MS, CNM
Why choose a CFM midwife?
In today’s culture, families are presented with various labor and birth options. With the nurse midwives at CFM, they have ample opportunity to have labor and birth experience discussions with knowledgeable, experienced midwives. Patients discuss their “birth wishes” and feel comfortable that their desires will be incorporated into the labor and birth journey. “The experience looks different for everybody, and we’re here to provide evidence-based information and emotional guidance,” Anderson adds.
Mothers who choose the CFM meet with all of the midwives during prenatal care. They function as a group practice: “Each of the midwives in the group practice similarly without overuse of unnecessary interventions. We are pride ourselves in knowing when to use interventions in the appropriate situation. We’re very interchangeable. Patients meet everyone, so we all help support the families.”
What are some birthing experiences that the CFM offers?
Families want such various birth experiences, from unmedicated to epidurals to water labor or water birth. “Birth wishes can include anything from candles, music, aromatherapy, water labor, epidurals and so on. We are here to support the families and provide reassurance and guidance throughout the process.”
One of the special experiences that the CFM offers is water labor or water birth. Water labor is when a mother labors in the water, but decides to birth out of water. . Water birth is when a mother both labors and gives birth in a birth pool.
“Many women find that the safe, tranquil environment helps them to relax. Research done on this birthing method suggests that it decreases labor pain, encourages dilation, and may reduce tearing of the perineum during birth,” offers the University of Colorado Hospital Insider news story on water birth.
What are the CFM services that will be available at the Lone Tree Health Center?
The midwifery clinic at Lone Tree will offer the same services as the main campus, from gynecological care, including well woman exams and problem focused visits to family planning to prenatal care. Birthing will not be available at the Lone Tree Health Center; patients will visit University of Colorado Hospital for all birthing options.