Build a relationship with a health care professional who focuses on wellness, education, and prevention. When you partner with a Certified nurse-midwife (CNM) at Essentia, you’ll enjoy holistic care from a provider who takes time to answer your questions, listen to your concerns, and provide health information and resources.

What’s a Midwife?

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are advanced practitioners with education and training in caring for women throughout their lives. These specialists can provide:

  • Primary care
  • Reproductive health care, including family planning and gynecologic exams
  • Pregnancy and birth care
  • Postpartum care and newborn care

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


Pregnancy & Birth Care

In Fargo, North Dakota, as well as Detroit Lakes and Duluth, Minnesota, our CNMs provide complete care throughout your pregnancy, labor, and delivery. 

If you develop a complication that requires a doctor’s involvement, trust your CNM to coordinate your care with an obstetrician. They’ll work together to give you care that’s right for you and your growing baby.

Easing Labor Pain

Count on your CNM to help you manage labor pain the way you want. If you prefer a non-medicated delivery, your CNM can help you cope with labor pain using tools such as:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Birthing balls
  • Breathing techniques
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Hydrotherapy in a whirlpool tub
  • Massage
  • Movement and positioning
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Relaxation techniques, such as guided imagery

CNMs also support women who chose to have a medicated labor and delivery, including an epidural.

Learn more about labor and delivery at Essentia Health.

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