There are midwives at WVU Medicine?
Yes! There are midwives in Morgantown, Fairmont, and Bridgeport.
The Midwifery service is a division of WVU Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology. We are a multi-midwife practice that works together with the physicians at WVU Medicine Children’s, within J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, and United Hospital Center (UHC), and in three office settings to provide obstetrical and gynecological care to women in Morgantown, Bridgeport, and the surrounding areas.
What is a midwife anyway?
A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is an individual who has completed both an RN and a Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN). Midwives are advanced practice nurse practitioners who specialize in pregnancy, birth, and gynecological care.
What do midwives think about birth?
Midwives believe that birth is a normal physiologic event. Women’s bodies know how to grow babies and how to give birth. Midwives have a strong commitment to the health of women and babies and work hard to keep each client’s pregnancy and birth experience as healthy and untroubled as possible. We can also consult with obstetricians and high-risk specialists if your pregnancy is complicated and you need further treatment and services.
Where do the midwives see patients?
In Morgantown, we see patients at both Cheat Lake Physicians and University Town Centre. Clients can choose to be seen at one or both facilities during the course of their pregnancy. Thanks to computerized medical records, a patient’s chart will be available to the Maternal Infant Care Center, the labor and delivery unit at WVU Medicine Children’s, at all times during her care. Patients in the Bridgeport area can be seen at the Physician’s Office Building, near UHC.
Where do the midwives attend births?
We attend births at the Maternal Infant Care Center at WVU Medicine Children’s and at UHC. Our nurses are kind, caring, and dedicated to upholding the Midwifery Model of Care. The labor and delivery rooms are spacious and include large walk-in showers and private bathrooms. We encourage mothers to room with their newborns, and we offer lactation support and other services to new moms at both locations.
What if you need services beyond those covered by midwives?
As part of the faculty at the WVU School of Medicine, we have some of the best obstetrician-gynecologists in the state as colleagues. Should your pregnancy require the services of a physician, or if you have a gynecological problem that requires surgery or other treatment, we are able to quickly consult, co-manage, or refer to our own physician partners with very little waiting. Basically, if we have a question, we walk down the hall and get an answer! In addition, if at any time during your care you feel you would like to see a physician, we would be happy to facilitate either a single office visit or a transfer to the physician service.
Do midwives do anything besides deliver babies?
Nurse-midwives are trained to provide well-woman gynecological care, contraceptive services, pre-conception counseling, STD treatment, and care and counseling during menopause. Some women see nurse-midwives for their annual gynecological exams and for contraceptive needs, as well as for treatment of vaginal infections or other acute issues.
Who are the midwives and where do they practice?
- Lena Cerbone – Cheat Lake and University Town Centre, births at WVU Medicine Children’s
- Stephanie Hurst – Physician’s Office Building, births at UHC
- Kelly Lemon – Cheat Lake and University Town Centre
- Betsy Miller – Cheat Lake and University Town Centre, births at WVU Medicine Children’s
- Myna Smith – Physician’s Office Building, births at UHC
To make an appointment, call 855-WVU-CARE.
Or if you have questions, feel free to call and ask to speak to any of us. We can be reached at the numbers below.