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.
Jen Viner is one of our Certified Nurse-Midwives. She joined our practice in 2018 after moving to Arizona with her husband and their boys from Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Winona State University in Minnesota. She later graduated from Frontier Nursing University with her Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing, with a concentration in Midwifery.
Jen became interested in midwifery care with the birth of her first son. She received care from midwives throughout the entirety of her four pregnancies, feeling empowered to make informed birth choices with their guidance. Jen has over 10 years of personal experience helping other women feel empowered to have the birth experience they desire. She enjoys all aspects of caring for women throughout their lifespan, from adolescence through menopause. Her professional interests include pregnancy and natural birth, teen health, contraceptive counseling, and STD prevention.
In her free time, Jen enjoys spending time with her family. She also likes running, reading, traveling, and boating.
Desiree Arias is our newly graduated Certified Nurse-Midwife with over twelve years of experience serving women and families as a labor and delivery nurse. She graduated in 2007 from Arizona State University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and gained experience within the Banner system. She then began an exciting 3-year career as a travel nurse and used her nursing specialty in cities around Arizona, California, and Texas. It was during her time of travelling as she cared for birthing women in diverse settings and populations that she felt called to be a change in the birth culture. She is a proud graduate of Frontier Nursing University with her Master of Science in Nursing degree after completing her intense preceptorship and training under the guidance of Premier Care for Women Midwives and Physicians.
Desiree is a native to Arizona and lifelong Surprise resident. She is excited to give back to her hometown community and provide individualized and compassionate full-scope midwifery care to women as they transition through all stages of life. She is committed to empowering and educating women during pregnancy and childbirth, family planning, well-women care, and menopause.
Kristin Stark graduated from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2018 with a dual master’s degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Kristin’s interests are patient education and ensuring great patient experiences where possible. She is focused on providing the best care for her patients and utilizes evidence-based practice procedures. Kristin’s professional emphasis is on all phases of pre- and postnatal care, particularly postpartum depression. Additionally, she enjoys family planning with her patients and providing well-woman exams throughout a woman’s lifespan to ensure everyone is their healthiest self.
Ashley Caldwell has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife since 2018 when she moved to Arizona with her husband and children from Oklahoma. After receiving a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009, she attended nursing school at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and graduated in 2011. She then completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2014.
She has always been drawn to childbirth and had worked several years as a neonatal intensive care nurse, labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator, and clinical nursing instructor before pursuing her midwifery education.
She fell in love with the midwifery model of care because it centers care around the woman and views labor and birth as normal physiologic processes. Her passion is to be “with woman” by educating, empowering, and supporting women through their labor and birth experience and women’s healthcare needs. Ashley attended Frontier Nursing University’s Nurse-Midwifery program and graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing in 2018.
Ashley enjoys swimming, reading, relaxing with a cup of coffee, and spending time with her husband and children.
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
– Hormone Replacement- Menstrual Disorders- STD Testing- Well Women Exam
– 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.