Choosing a Certified Nurse Midwife for Prenatal Care and Delivery

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016
Pregnancy Uncomfortable

If you're interested in a low-intervention or natural birth experience, highlighted by a holistic and family-oriented approach to care, you may choose a certified nurse midwife for prenatal care and delivery.

Personalized care, support and expertise

Doylestown Health's VIA Maternity Center provides access to highly trained certified nurse midwives who support the birthing woman and family during labor and delivery.

Following the same prenatal and ultrasound testing guidelines as OB-GYN physicians, midwives encourage women to create a birth experience that reflects their wants and needs. When it's time to welcome a baby into the world, midwives support patients through labor and delivery in the beautiful, home-like environment of the VIA Maternity Center.

Empowering patients with information

"We are advanced practice nurses who offer the same standard of care as an OB-GYN, with a time-intensive, family-oriented, holistic approach to wellness," says JoAnne Ruth, CNM.  This includes:

  • Care for physical and emotional needs
  • Time for in-depth conversations
  • Recommendations for natural remedies for common discomforts of pregnancy.
  • Personalized, family-focused care
  • Breastfeeding support

"We have the knowledge and experience to care for normal, healthy pregnant women, and we collaborate with our OB-GYN physician team to care for patients with higher risk, such as diabetes and high blood pressure," says JoAnne. "For example, if a patient chooses our practice for the personalized, time-intensive care we offer, but knows she will be having a Cesarean delivery, our physician associates perform the Cesarean and we are present, assisting the physician and supporting our patient. It's the best of both worlds."

Find a certified nurse midwife at Doylestown Health

The midwives who deliver at the VIA Maternity Center, Allison Burdulis, CNM, and JoAnne C. Ruth, CNM, hold master's degrees and are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board of the American College of Nurse Midwives. They work closely with a team of Doylestown Health OB-GYN physicians. 

In addition to prenatal care and delivery, certified nurse midwives provide gynecological and family planning care for females from the teenage years, through menopause and beyond.

Find a certified nurse midwife who delivers at Doylestown Health by calling PulseLine at 215 345-2121.

About Doylestown Health

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