Midwife Program

Mankato Clinic certified nurse-midwives hold a doctorate in nursing practice and specialize in the physical, emotional and well-being of women. Mankato Clinic midwives offer women’s health care from adolescence through perimenopause, with a focus on pregnancy, labor, and delivery in a clinical and hospital setting. As members of the Mankato Clinic OB-GYN team, they work closely with our OB-GYNs.

Our team respects and supports the diversity of women’s needs and roles. We understand that women bring their own cultural traditions and beliefs to their health, pregnancy and childbirth. Our midwives are here to support you and offer care that safely aligns with your goals, choices and culture.

Meet our Midwives

Headshot of Sue Beavis, APRN, DNP, CNM

Sue Beavis, APRN, DNP, CNM

Nurse Midwife

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Headshot of Lisa Brown, APRN, DNP, CNM

Lisa Brown, APRN, DNP, CNM

Nurse Midwife

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Women’s Health

Certified nurse-midwives specialize in women’s health care. They offer services for growing your family, birth control, contraception implants, menstruation issues and annual health exams in the Mankato Clinic OB-GYN department. They treat the whole person to support health and well-being.

Pregnancy Care

Midwives create an individualized pregnancy care plan with patients. They will co-manage complications or risk factors with Mankato Clinic OB-GYNs. This includes checking on the growth of the baby, assessing for potential complications, and providing information and education about healthy pregnancy practices.

Labor and Birth Support

Our midwives provide continuous support during labor and childbirth in the comfortable birthing suites at Mayo Clinic Health System hospital in Mankato. They assist in  managing and monitoring the progress of labor, provide comfort measures, and offer guidance on positions, breathing techniques, pain relief and medication options.  If a C-section is necessary for a safe delivery, our midwives bring in a Mankato Clinic OB-GYN to perform the surgery.

Postpartum Care

After your baby is born, our midwives monitor your physical recovery, assess the well-being of you and the baby, assist with breastfeeding, and offer guidance and support as you get to know your little one. They offer emotional support, address fears, anxieties and emotional challenges that can arise during this time.   

Midwife FAQs

  • What does a midwife do?

    Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) are highly trained medical professionals. They specialize in women's health, from adolescence through perimenopause, including birth control. They focus on prenatal care, guiding women through labor and delivery, and supporting new moms once their baby is born.

  • Is a midwife a good fit for me?

    Midwives are strong advocates for informed decision-making. During exams, we take time to teach you about your health and your body so you can make decisions that are best for you.

    Mankato Clinic midwives offer women’s health care from adolescence through perimenopause, with a focus on pregnancy, labor, and delivery in a clinical and hospital setting. As members of the Mankato Clinic OB-GYN team, they work closely with our OB-GYNs.

  • What is the midwife’s approach to childbirth?

    People who prefer a more natural approach to pregnancy care and delivery may choose to see a midwife. We are committed to giving women a safe and appropriate birth experience that aligns as closely as possible with their goals. For women who choose to use pain medication or an epidural during labor and delivery, we care for and support you in your decision.

  • Can midwives order the same tests as OB-GYNs?

    Midwives are independent practitioners who can recommend and order the same prenatal testing, genetic screening, and ultrasounds as obstetricians do during pregnancy. Midwives perform Pap smears and place contraceptive implants. We can also order bone density screenings and mammograms.

  • If I have a midwife, can I still get an epidural?

    Yes. Your birth experience is your choice. We can order an epidural if and when you are ready for it and work with the anesthesiologist at the hospital to get it placed.

  • What if I need a C-section?

    If it is necessary for you to have a Cesarean section, one of our qualified OB-GYNs will perform the surgery. Your midwife may be in the operating room to assist as you meet your new baby.

Midwifery Stories

“I wanted less intervention. When I talked to her the first time, she was very receptive to what I was saying. It was perfect to go with her.
It aligned with how I wanted my birth to go.”

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