Midwives 101


Did you know that Certified Nurse-Midwives provide a wide range of services including primary health care for women from adolescence to beyond menopause? We don’t just do birth well, but also see women at Minnesota Birth Center for well-woman annual exams, minor primary health concerns, infection checks, and to start birth control.

Each of the midwives at the Minnesota Birth Center has a distinctive background and is passionate about the care she provides. To learn more about our midwives click on this link:


Midwifery philosophy of care is unique in the larger healthcare system. Rather than placing power in the hands of the provider as many practices do, midwives aim to empower women and families to make their own well-informed decisions regarding their care. This approach takes longer; it requires time and commitment and the development of a compassionate partnership. Yes, the vast majority of the time birth does go well. However, we know that what is most important, is that women feel that they understand each component of their care and are able to make their own decisions along the way. Even when women have a “good” outcome, they can feel violated and stripped of their rights and choices.

Midwives honor the strength and wisdom each woman inherently has. We strongly believe in the normalcy of a woman’s lifecycle events, whether it is adolescence, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, peri-menopause, menopause, or post-menopause. These major life events are normal physiologic changes. Often the best care we provide is simply informing women what is happening with their bodies during these normal changes. When an intervention (such as induction of labor) is indicated, we believe strongly that each woman should be offered a full range of evidenced-based recommendations, including a detailed explanation of the risks and benefits of each option. Each Certified Nurse-Midwife has completed a Masters in Nurse Midwifery and is committed to continuing medical education to ensure we are up to date with current best evidence to assist women in making their choices. We honor the choices women make regarding their care, even if we might not agree with them.

We believe pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period in particular, is a sacred, empowering and transformative experience for women and their families. We aim to offer gentle guidance, love and support so each woman can make her experience her own. Midwives don’t delivery babies, mothers do.

The Minnesota Birth Center was built on this philosophy of care. Our practice and services strive to uphold these values and promote empowerment of the women and families we serve. I know I am not alone in saying how proud I am to work for such a woman-centered organization.

Read more about midwifery at OurMomentofTruth.com.

American College of Nurse-Midwives. (n.d.) Our Philosophy of Care. Retrieved from


Natalie Jacobson-Dunlop is a Certified Nurse-Midwife at Minnesota Birth Center- St. Paul.


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