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HFM Women's Health introduces the Lakeshore's First Certified Nurse Midwife
What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM's) provide healthcare services for women from adolescence to beyond menopause.

Services include:
  • primary care
  • gynecologic care
  • prenatal care
  • family planning services
  • care during pregnancy
  • childbirth
  • postpartum period

What type of education is required to be a CNM?

  • Master's degree in nursing
  • One year specialized training in labor and delivery & well-women care 

CNM's are defined as primary care providers under federal law with prescriptive authority in all 50 states.

Do midwives deliver in the home or hospital?

Some midwives, such as lay midwives and certified professional midwives do homebirths, however at HFM, our certified nurse midwife, Leslie, will only be attending births in our Women's and Children's Center.
Should women who want a completely natural childbirth choose a midwife?

The majority of women who seek the care of a midwife want to avoid interventions, epidurals or pain medications during labor and delivery. However, there are situations that arise where interventions and/or assistance of a physician is needed. Midwives do not perform cesarean deliveries, but can assist the physician. 

The OB/GYNs and midwife at HFM work very closely as a healthcare team to provide the right care, in the right setting.

Will my insurance cover care received by a CNM?

Medicaid or a Medicaid HMO as well as most insurance companies will cover the services of a CNM. As with any healthcare procedure or healthcare provider, we ALWAYS recommend you check with your own insurance company to confirm coverage.


Watch Leslie's
Video (YouTube)

Leslie Bolander,
Certified Nurse Midwife

Leslie will begin
seeing patients at
HFM Women's Health
on August 1, 2014

For an appointment call:
920-320-6705 or
Request an
Appointment online


Helpful links:

Parenting and
Pregnancy Classes

HFM Pediatrics


HFM Women's Health
York Street Campus
600 York Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
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Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm