Is a Midwife Right For You?
When we moved to Kalamazoo, we had to find all new providers: dentist, primary care physician, allergist- the works. OB/GYN was also on the top of my list as I knew that we wanted to start a family soon and I was due for an annual checkup.
After selecting a local practice, I called to get set up as a new patient and was surprised when the receptionist asked whether I wanted to see a midwife or an OB/GYN.
Midwife? It was an option I hadn’t considered before.
My only exposure to midwives had been in the movies- not exactly fact-seeking research. Following some googling, I quickly discovered that they were quite different from their old timey, film counterparts.
The vast majority of Certified Nurse Midwives work in OB/GYN practices and deliver in hospitals. All are are highly educated, licensed providers. And for many patients, their approach to pregnancy and reproductive health is the right fit.
I ended up seeing a midwife for both of my pregnancies and had an amazing experience. I also saw OBs from the same practice on occassion and found that the two specialities complemented each other beautifully. I credit my positive pregnancy experiences to their quality of care.
What is Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM?)
A nurse-midwife is a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in childbirth and women’s reproductive health. They attend births, perform annual exams, and can write prescriptions.
CNMs have a bachelor’s degree (typically in nursing), experience as a registered nurse (RN), and have a graduate degree. Since 2010, a minimum of a master’s degree is required to become a CNM, although some also have doctoral degrees as well.
Many women report similar experiences with OBGYNs and midwives; the choice of one versus the other is a personal preference.
Every name in this guide received significant votes from our readers.
Any sponsors you see were first voted by our readers and then were invited to offer more information about their practice.
Are you on the search for other health care providers for your family? See the Top Voted Doctors in Kalamazoo with a listing of Dentists, Allergists, Pediatricians, etc. who provide medical care in the community.
(Please note that this content is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Users are advised to check the certification of any care providers listed below and consult their own medical doctors before proceeding with a care plan).
Voting Results: Midwives
Moms have options for pregnancy and gynecological providers: some prefer OB/GYNs while others choose midwives instead. All midwives in our voting are Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs).
For any women considering a midwife for her care, we have the top five as voted by our readers:
Voted Top Midwife
Kristin A. Donewald, CNM, MSN at Bronson OB/GYN Associates – Portage / Paw Paw
More reader-recommended Midwives, in order of most votes:
1 – Donewald, Kristin A. (Bronson OB/GYN Associates – Portage / Paw Paw)
2 – Kellogg, Lori (Three Rivers Health Women’s Service)
3 – (TIE) Anson, Ruth A. (Bronson Women’s Service – Kalamazoo)
3 – (TIE) Boone, Brandi (Bronson Women’s Service – Kalamazoo)
3 – (TIE) Newberry, Theresa (Borgess Women’s Health at Currier)