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Midwifery Services

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Midwifery Services are part  of  the  complement  of  comprehensive  women’s  health  services  offered  at  Saint  Peter’s University Hospital.  Certified  Nurse-Midwives Grace  Fimbel, MS, CNM, Nicole DeMerchant, MSN, CNM  and  Joanne  Cunha, MS, CNM,  are members of the staff of the Obstetrics  and  Gynecology  Department.

All  of  the  Saint  Peter’s  midwives  are  certified  by  the  American  Midwifery  Certification  Board.  The  midwives  practice  the  hallmarks  of  midwifery  care,  including  the  empowerment  of  women  as  partners  in  their  own  care  who  share  in  making  decisions  about  their  birth  experience  and  lifelong  health  and  disease  prevention.

 With  close  to  5,600  newborns  delivered  every  year  at  Saint  Peter’s,  the Midwifery Program is a part of the continued expansion of maternity services offered.

Meet the Saint Peter's Midwives!

The  Saint  Peter’s  nurse  midwives  care  for  women  during  their  pregnancies  through  delivery,  but  also  can  provide  routine  gynecologic  care  for  women  throughout  their  lives.  Expectant  mothers  have  the  opportunity  to  create  a  birth plan  which  the  midwives  use  as  a  roadmap  for  a  mother’s  birth  experience. The plan makes  it  possible  for  women  to  document  options  for  their  birthing  experience,  including  a  medication-free  birth  and  the  use  of  birthing  tools  for  comfort.

The nurse-midwives incorporate a woman’s birthing plan  into  the  delivery  experience.  A  plan  might  call  for  a mother to  walk  around  during  labor;  experience  labor  without  pain  medication;  include  music  therapy;  and  the use  of  birthing  tools. 

The  Saint  Peter’s  Midwifery  Program  grows  out  of  the “OB  Lite”  program  which  was introduced  a  few  years  ago  in  the  Saint  Peter’s  Labor  and  Delivery  Unit.  Women  who  choose  this  experience  are  encouraged  to  document  their  preferences  for  birthing  alternatives  such  as  bypassing  intravenous  medications  and  epidurals,  avoiding  C-sections  and  episiotomies,  and  a  preference  for  tools  such  as  a  birthing  ball  during  labor. 

To  make  an  appointment  with  Saint  Peter’s  midwives,  please  call  732.339.7879

Click here to download our Birth Plan form.

Saint Peter's Birth Plan

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