Why choose a midwife?
The word midwife means to “accompany women”. We as midwives are a woman’s companion throughout her life. This relationship begins in adolescence before her birthing years, includes care of her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods, and lasts through the changes of life during menopause and beyond. We view this role as a midwife to be an honor and a calling.
Meet the Midwives
Our midwives attend hospital births in the beautiful suites of Banner Del Webb Medical Center. There, we create a warm, caring, and home like environment for moms and families as the hospital is nicknamed “Hotel Del”. This allows us to provide the care you desire while having the safety features the birthing center can provide. We do not provide home birthing.
Janelle Drogowski, CNM,WHNP-BC is our Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
Janelle Drogowski graduated in 1998 from the obstetrics and gynecology nurse practitioner program of the University of Phoenix. She is certified in obstetric, gynecologic and neonatal nursing through the National Certification Corporation. She also earned her certificate as a certified Nurse-Midwife form PhiladelphiaUniversity in January 2012. Janelle professional interest include preconception care and counseling, normal pregnancy and birth, well woman screenings and STD prevention. She also treats common gynecologic problems, menstrual disorders, as well as care during menopause including hormone replacement therapy. With a strong commitment to women’s health, Janelle is honored to serve her patients. She is passionate about patient education and strives to empower women to maintain healthy lifestyles.
Amanda Simon, CNM is our Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
Amanda Simon, CNM is a Certified Nurse Midwife who has 20 years experience caring for women and infants as a labor and delivery nurse. She is a graduate of Frontier Nursing University with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), in Nurse Midwifery. She is currently completing post-certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
Amanda’s personal experience with infertility and pregnancy complication, along with her work experience and education, have guided her dedication to making sure women receive the highest quality care.
As a women’s health advocate, Amanda believes in partnering with women through shared decision making, empowering them to make informed decisions. She wants all women to feel comfortable seeking information regarding STDs, safe sex practices, and contraception options. She values the health of women and feels well women screenings are a key component to a healthy life. She believes pregnancy is normal, trusting in the process unless the pregnancy, labor, or birth indicates otherwise. Her role as a nurse midwife allows her to provide care for women from adolescence to beyond menopause. She is privileged to serve women and believes all women should have access to collaborative health care team.
Yvonne Downs is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) who has over 8 years of experience caring for women and infants as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, Nurse Educator for Teens, and more recently as a CNM. Yvonne’s personally received midwifery care during the birth of her son. She knew then that becoming a CNM would allow her to better impact the care of women, infants, and families.
Yvonne graduated from Frontier Nursing University with a Master’s in Nursing (MSN), specializing in Nurse- Midwifery in 2015. She is passionate about empowering women in their health choices, not only during their pregnancies and birth, but also throughout their lifespan from adolescence to menopause. She follows the midwifery philosophy that pregnancy is a normal process, and we must trust the process unless medical intervention is necessary for the safety of mom and/or baby. Yvonne is an advocate for natural childbirth. She considers it a privilege to care for the women of her community by making midwifery care more accessible to all women.
Types of Midwives & Midwifery Info
Premier Care for Women employs only Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM). These are nurses who have special training and education at a graduate level from an accredited program by the American College of Nurse Midwives. Once completing this training these nurses are then nationally certified through exam by the American Midwifery Certification Board.
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What services do midwives provide?
Midwives provide these services and more through holistic/medical care following the midwifery model of care:
– Preconception Counseling
– Prenatal Care
– Labor Support
– Birth Attendance
– Breastfeeding Support
– Postpartum Care
– Nutrition and Health Maintenance
– Full Scope Gynecologic Care
– Family Planning
Midwives in Pregnancy
Midwives view pregnancy as a very normal part of life and provide care with this in mind. We provide individualized care creating a plan with the woman and family depending on their needs and desires. Our goal is to empower women with knowledge, care, and support to make personal decisions about their own care.
Although most women will labor and birth without medical intervention, we understand some abnormal health concerns may occur during pregnancy. We have in place a valued relationship with Dr. Newman to consult, collaborate, or refer care to if needed while remaining in the same office and continued support by the midwives.
Midwives for GYN care
Midwives provide holistic gynecologic care. Here at Premier Care for Women our midwives are also Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP) specializing in gynecologic health, prevention and treatment. Our midwives see women for well woman exams as well as gynecologic issues. Sometimes further evaluation or treatment such as surgery is necessary. When this happens, we will confidently refer to Dr. Newman for this care.