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Natural Birth: A Local Look

Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire

715-717-4121, Traditional OB care as well as Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). CNMs, like physicians, provide all prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care. CNMs are unique care providers because they are in the hospital well before the birth, offering labor support. Six Marshfield Clinic CNMs practice at Sacred Heart Hospital and women are encouraged to have visits with each of them. Jet tubs for labor are available, in addition to the option of birthing in water. All CNMs, along with some physicians, do water births.

Luther Midelfort in Eau Claire

715-838-3311, Women’s Health patients may choose either a certified nurse midwife or obstetrician for prenatal, delivery and postpartum care. Wide selection of prenatal classes including Lamaze and breastfeeding. Certified lactation specialists to assist both in the hospital and after discharge. Level II Special Care Nursery. Brand new, state-of-the-art facility opening December 2010.

Morning Star Women’s Health & Birth Center in Menomonie and St. Louis Park

715-231-3100, Morning Star offers prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum and newborn care through six weeks, and breastfeeding support in the Midwives’ Model of Care™. Clients may choose to deliver at the birth center or at home. Our Birth Centers are accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers. All care is provided by licensed and certified midwives. In addition to maternity care and lactation support, we offer various classes, well-woman care and referrals to collaborating specialists when needed. Many insurances cover services offered through Morning Star.

LifeCircle Midwifery & Wellness Center in Shell Lake

715-338-3499, Certified Professional & State Licensed Midwife. The provider you meet with will be the provider you birth with. Visits unhurried and in a comfortable home-like environment. Two birth rooms to choose from. Water birth always available. Pre-conception counseling, prenatal, labor, birth, newborn exams, postpartum and well-woman care provided by our midwife. Family, friends, doulas and children warmly welcomed for visits or birth itself. Other services include: Yoga classes, Aromatherapy classes, Childbirth education classes, and massage therapy. Come tour our facility!

Lay Midwives

Erin Kaspar Frett 612-801-9967, 715-273-4081,


Rhonda Gearing, serving Eau Claire 715-533-4370,

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