Congratulations on your growing family! You will make many choices in these next nine months, but perhaps none will be more important than choosing where you will receive maternity care. You have the freedom to choose any willing healthcare provider, at any time. 

HealthNet’s OB/GYN doctors and certified nurse-midwives help bring more than 2,000 babies into the world each year, and will provide a full spectrum of care for you and your growing baby. Our highly-experienced, caring staff can assist you throughout your pregnancy.

Services:

  • Free pregnancy tests
  • Pregnancy care, from pre-conception counseling through pregnancy/delivery and postpartum care
  • Ultrasounds/genetic counseling/testing
  • Childbirth classes
  • Breastfeeding classes and consultations
  • Natural birth options, including use of doulas, chiropractors, hydrotherapy, waterbirth, massage therapy and alternative pain relief methods
  • Conventional birth options, including epidurals and spinal anesthesia
  • General wellness counseling
  • Well-woman exams: annual exams and pap smears
  • Breast exams and mammograms
  • Family planning/birth control: education, exams and prescriptions
  • Permanent birth control options
  • Testing for and treatment of female infections, including urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Evaluation/treatment/management of gynecologic problems (fibroids, abnormal bleeding)
  • Management of pre- and post-menopausal conditions and hormone-replacement therapy
     

Midwifery Program

We have been welcoming new babies since 1991. As the largest midwifery practice in the state of Indiana, we have 21 certified nurse-midwives on staff.

We believe that pregnancy is a special time in the life of a family, and that birth can be an empowering experience. We believe in keeping labor as natural as possible, but are skilled in using interventions when needed to keep mothers and babies safe and healthy. Physicians who specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology are part of the health care team. We follow the standards of care developed by the American College of Nurse Midwives and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The word “midwife” literally means “with woman.” HealthNet’s certified nurse-midwives work with you, listen to you, and help you make educated decisions about your health through all the stages of your life.

Our nurse-midwives are specially trained and licensed to provide a comprehensive range of wellness and gynecological health services for women. They can care for you through labor and delivery as well as provide your annual, breast, and pelvic exams, as well as mammograms, screenings and prescriptions.

They are experts in menopause counseling and hormone replacement therapy, and they work with an emphasis on promoting normal physical processes and emotional support.

While educated in standard obstetrics and gynecology, certified nurse-midwives include holistic approaches in treating health problems. They believe in healing through caring for a woman’s mind, body and spirit. Sensitive to and respectful of differences in medical treatment among cultures, our certified nurse-midwives adapt to each woman’s particular needs to give her comfort.

All HealthNet midwives are registered nurses with additional education in midwifery and national certification by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

All deliveries take place at Methodist Hospital’s Maternity Center. We do not offer home births.

You can rest easy knowing that you and your baby will have direct access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Methodist Hospital, if needed.

Our Philosophy

The certified nurse-midwives who practice with the HealthNet Nurse-Midwifery program view childbirth as a safe, beautiful and normal process.

We encourage women to be active participants in maintaining their health during pregnancy, birth and throughout their lifespan.

We respect the diversity of beliefs, values and expectations of our patients and will assist them in personalizing their care. While the provision of physical care is an important aspect of nurse-midwifery, we also believe that emotional and social supports, as well as education, are essential components of health care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have you considered asking a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) to assist in your labor? A certified nurse-midwife has been trained in two disciplines: midwifery and nursing. He or she carries a wonderful blend of reassuring support and medical expertise. Here are the answers to some common questions about midwives. If you have other questions,  email us.

What does a certified nurse-midwife do?

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) have a degree in nursing with a specialty in midwifery, which is the care of women and babies throughout the lifespan. We do gynecology, well-woman gynecology, pre-natal care and delivery, and immediate newborn care.

A midwife’s care extends beyond the birth experience to include prenatal care, such as counseling the mother about breastfeeding and infant care. He or she can also offer the mother postpartum care in the form of support and information regarding the physical and emotional changes the mother is experiencing.

Certified nurse midwives are able to administer drugs, perform medical procedures, and provide their patients with other technological interventions, but their basic philosophy is not to do so unless absolutely necessary. Instead, they encourage women to give birth naturally. The result is that fewer c-sections and episiotomies are reported in births attended by midwives.

How common are midwives?

Midwifery is a tradition that predates modern medicine and obstetrics. It is only in the last 100 years in the United States that attendance at births has been primarily in the hands of physicians. In the mid-twentieth century, midwives and homebirth had all but disappeared in the United States. Only a few midwives continued to attend births for low-income and minority families. Thankfully, midwives and homebirth made a resurgence in the 1960s and 1970s and its popularity continues to grow. All over the world, midwives are the primary care providers for women and their babies. Ninety-five percent of births world-wide are done by midwives.

What are the different types of midwives?

Midwives are qualified health care providers that go through comprehensive training and examinations for certification. Certification is offered by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). The practice and credentials related to midwifery may differ throughout the United States. Below is a description of each of the types of midwives:

  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM): an individual trained and licensed in both nursing and midwifery by the state of Indiana. Nurse-midwives possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and are certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.
  • Certified Midwife (CM): an individual trained and certified in midwifery by the state of Indiana. Certified midwives possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and are certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.
  • There are some self-taught midwives who are not licensed by the state of Indiana.

HealthNet only employs Certified Nurse-Midwives. 

What are the benefits of using a certified nurse-midwife (CNM)?

A CNM provides the mother-to-be and her family with intensive individualized attention, education, counseling, and obstetric care throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, and recovery. Unless complications arise, midwives view childbirth as a natural and healthy process. They support the pregnant woman while letting nature takes its course.

CNM's focus on how the mother-to-be feels about her pregnancy and the actual birth experience. They encourage women to trust their own instincts, create highly personalized birth plans, and help provide them with the information they need to make decisions about their pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.

Research has shown that the use of a CNM and natural delivery may result in the following benefits:

  • Lower maternity care costs
  • Reduced mortality and morbidity related to cesarean and other interventions
  • Lower intervention rates
  • Fewer recovery complications

CNM's like to spend more time with patients. We focus on prevention and education. If someone comes to us we’ll spend a lot of time focusing on nutrition and what she can do to have an optimal pregnancy outcome.

How will my care be scheduled?

If you did not see an OB/GYN provider for your preconception visit, your first visit should be scheduled early in your pregnancy. At your first visit, you will meet with a member of the health care team who will help with any insurance questions, draw required blood tests and schedule you for a health history. You will be asked many questions about your health history and meet with one of the certified nurse-midwives or nurse practitioners for a visit. Usually the next visit will be for a complete physical examination including a pap smear test.

An OB/GYN physician will lead the plan of care during your pregnancy. Our physicians and certified nurse-midwives work together closely to offer the level of support you need. Your care team will review your health information. An OB/GYN physician will determine, based upon your medical condutions and needs, how often you will need prenatal checkups by an OB/GYN physician, certified nurse-midwife, or women’s health nurse practitioner.  

The typical schedule for prenatal visits is monthly until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and weekly until birth. This schedule may vary, depending upon your needs.

Where will I give birth?

You will give birth at Methodist Hospital. Your baby may remain in the room with you at all times. 

We will follow your recovery while you are in the hospital. OB/GYN providers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any questions or problems that arise.

If you choose to have your baby delivered at another hospital or by another provider, HealthNet will help you transfer your records.  Please note that different hospitals or providers may be part of different insurance plans (including Medicare and Medicaid plans).  While HealthNet will reasonably help you in transferring insurance coverage, you will ultimately be responsible for making sure that that you have the appropriate insurance for such provider or hospital.

How much does it cost for care?

Because of the ever-changing cost of care and each individual’s situation, it is best to call the center nearest you to inquire about costs.

We accept all Medicare, Medicaid, Hoosier Healthwise plans (including MDwise, MHS and Anthem) and most commercial insurance plans. We also welcome patients with no insurance. If you do not have insurance, you may be eligible for a sliding fee scale discount. A financial screener at the center nearest you would be happy to assist you.

If you have any other questions, email us.

Make An Appointment

OB/GYN doctors and midwives are available at all HealthNet centers. To make an appointment, select one of the centers below:

HealthNet Barrington Health Center
HealthNet Care Center at the Tower
HealthNet People’s Health & Dental Center
HealthNet Southwest Health Center
HealthNet Northeast Health Center
Prenatal Classes

Build confidence in yourself and your partner as you prepare for the birth of your baby. Learn what to expect during childbirth and how you and your partner can get ready. Ask questions of our experienced childbirth educators.

E-mail info@indyhealthnet.org to register or for more information.

Birth Center Tours

Learn about giving birth at Methodist Hospital. Tours are offered in both English and Spanish and will help you know what to expect during your stay here. For information, e-mail info@indyhealthnet.org.

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