Midwifery

Swedish Covenant Hospital offers the services of Certified Nurse-Midwives, who can help you during childbirth or any other stage of your life. The nurse-midwives' philosophy of care is to empower women by educating you, listening to your concerns and encouraging you to become an active participant in your health care.

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The board-certified Nurse-midwives (CNMs) on staff at Swedish Covenant Hospital empower women to be involved in their health care through education, communication and a strong relationship. Specializing in pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and well-woman care — our nurse-midwives on staff pride themselves on being your partner through it all.

There is a lot of misunderstanding about what nurse-midwives actually do. Some people think that the only care they provide is deliveries in home settings. Here are some facts about nurse-midwives to help clear any confusion you may have. CNMs are:

  • Specialists in women's health, normal pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care. 
  • Registered advanced practice nurses with specific training in obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Certified (accredited) by the American College of Nurse-midwives after passing a thorough board examination. 
  • Educated professionals who work alongside physicians in a variety of settings, primarily hospitals and clinics.
  • Focused on informed consent regarding your health care and catering to your specific needs.
At Swedish Covenant Hospital, we are proud to support a group practice of nurse-midwives, who work in conjunction with board-certified obstetricians, to provide you with personalized care and education. They see patients in a group office and deliver babies in our state-of-the-art facility, the Family Birthing Center.

The nurse-midwifery group at Swedish Covenant Hospital prides itself on developing a partnership with you through a holistic approach to your health and open communication. By treating you as a partner in your health — whether that's the birth of your child or routine women's health care — nurse-midwives foster a supportive and empowering atmosphere.

Services include:
  • Prenatal Care
  • annual exams
  • family planning
  • free pregnancy tests

To learn more about nurse-midwives and services they offer, watch this video produced by the National College of Nurse-Midwives.

Meet the team

Baldwin
Rosemary Baldwin
CNM, IBCLC
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 Blumenthal
Rachel L. Blumenthal
CNM
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Brandl 
Kimberly M. Brandl
CNM
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Bridget Davidson
CNM
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Hannah Gottschall
CNM
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Amy R. Graf
CNM
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Allison Manko
CNM, MS
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Libby A. Oppert
CNM
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Katherine M. Willey
CNM
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Preregister for delivery with a nurse-midwife
To preregister, please read the following materials:

Preregistration packet
HIPPA Privacy statement

Please complete and return the preadmission forms only. You do not need to return the HIPAA privacy statement.

Locations
Galter Medical Pavillion at Swedish Covenant Hospital
5140 N. California Ave.
Suite 645
Chicago, IL 60625
773-989-6200
Hours vary Monday – Friday
Our main hospital location puts you in close proximity to a wide range of health services for both women and children.
 
Mayfair
4753 N. Elston
Chicago, IL 60630
773-205-7200
Hours vary Tuesday-Friday
Our satellite location on Elston Avenue provides a convenient, healing space for women to get treatment on Chicago’s northwest side. 

Spine and Sports Center of Chicago
430 W. Erie St., Suite 403
Chicago, IL 60654
773-989-6200
Wednesdays, noon to 7 p.m.
New location! Swedish Covenant Hospital Midwives will see patients at our new River North location one day per week. Our affiliation with the Spine and Sports Center of Chicago allows patients in the downtown area to access a range of specialty services provided by our community partners, including chiropractic care, massage therapy and nutrition services. The intimate setting provides an ideal alternative for women who live in River North and surrounding neighborhoods.

To learn more about Swedish Covenant Hospital's Midwifery Services, email midwives@SwedishCovenant.org, call (773) 989-6200, or fill in the form below.

If this is an emergency, please contact your health provider by phone or visit the emergency room. We respond to this form within one to two business days.

Swedish Covenant Hospital midwives specialize in providing comprehensive, holistic care and treatment for women with normal or low-risk pregnancies. Our practice is focused on ensuring that you have access to the best, safest treatments possible for your health, and the health of your baby.

It is a practice policy to refer patients with “high-risk” pregnancies to Swedish Covenant Hospital’s dedicated team of board-certified obstetricians for their primary care during pregnancy. Women who have a pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 are considered to be high-risk. According to a 2013 committee opinion published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women who are obese have a heightened risk of pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, cesarean delivery, gestational diabetes and stillbirth delivery.

Women who have a BMI over 40, pre-existing diabetes, active hyperthyroidism, chronic hypertension or other risk factors will be referred to a specialist that can provide them with the appropriate monitoring and treatment. Please note that this policy only pertains to care during pregnancy and childbirth—not for our general women’s health services.

By putting your safety first, we can help provide the best care for you and your family. For more information about how to calculate your BMI, please visit nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bminojs.htm. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to email us at midwives@SwedishCovenant.org, or call 773-989-6200.
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