What is a Nurse Midwife?

Today’s Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a professional healthcare provider, who is also a Registered Nurse (RN) that has completed a graduate education program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives. CNM’s function as primary healthcare providers for women throughout their lifetime, including gynecological care and obstetrical care.

Our nurse midwives provide prenatal care and well woman gyn care, as well as treatment of gynecological disorders. They also are able to prescribe medications, treatments, medical devices, therapeutic and diagnostic measures for their patients. Certified Nurse Midwives may work closely, or in collaboration, with an OB/GYN physican who provides consultation and/or assistance to patients who develop complications or have complex medical histories or disease(s).


Nurse midwives are experts in normal birth and involve the patient with prenatal teaching and provide highly personalized care. The midwives of this practice deliver patients at Fair Oaks hospital and strongly support your birth desires in a hospital setting. Many of our patients choose alternative techniques during labor for an unmedicated birth, but also have the option of a variety of medications for labor, if she desires. Often, even women with high risk pregnancies can receive the benefits of midwifery care from a Certified Nurse Midwife in collaboration with a physician. Fairfax OB-GYN Associates, P.C. is proud that they have been offering our patients Midwifery care since the 1990’s.

Is Nurse-Midwifery care for you?

YES, IF . . . You are looking for an option in childbirth that is natural, safe and healthy. When you choose a nurse-midwife you receive individualized care and attention. Your nurse-midwife takes time to respond to your concerns and questions. She addresses emotional as well as physical changes you may be having. She becomes your guide through pregnancy, monitoring your progress carefully searching for any potential problems. If necessary, she can discuss concerns with our interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, sonographers and childbirth educators at any time.

During labor, the nurse-midwife joins you soon after you arrive at the hospital, giving all the support and encouragement you need to follow your birth plan. Decisions are based on what you want, including use of pain medication and delivery position. By listening to you, your nurse-midwife helps make the birth of your baby a joyful, memorable experience.

If you are interested in using the nurse-midwifery service or just want more information, please make your first (or next) obstetric visit with either of our nurse-midwives, Elizabeth (Beth) Goodiel, C.N.M. , Karen Foster-Anderson, C.N.M., Melissa Rogina, C.N.M.

Due to our small staff, a nurse-midwife may not be available on some evenings and some weekends. Please discuss our schedule when you make an appointment with the nurse-midwife.