From RN to CNM
Kylie Jirak, RN, CNM, Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics' new midwife, shares the inspiration behind her career advancement
The midwife experience at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital is one that Kylie Jirak knows well. Before becoming a certified nurse midwife, Kylie benefitted from the care and comfort of a midwife at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran for both of her pregnancies.
Later working as a registered nurse at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran, Kylie recognized the need and opportunity for another provider in her community—one that shared her passion for women's health. Six years and two degrees later, Kylie returned to Gundersen Palmer Lutheran as a midwife in August 2018.
Advocating for and following through on a woman's ideal birth experience is Kylie's priority as a midwife. She explains, "I think a common misconception is that midwives don't like pain medications or don't want their patients to have epidurals, etc. I believe that it's the woman's birth experience, not mine. If she wants an epidural, I am more than supportive of that. If she doesn't want any medications, I support that as well."
From her own pregnancies to her new role as a midwife, Kylie is excited to experience the miracle of childbirth alongside her patients: "For me, one of the most rewarding things is watching families grow and getting to be a part of that."
Kylie joins the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran prenatal team alongside Mordechai Lederman, DO; Geralyn Zeurcher, MD; and Kristen Larter, NP.
In northeast Iowa, Gundersen Health System also provides prenatal care in Calmar, Decorah, Fayette, Postville, Waukon and West Union, with deliveries available in Decorah, Waukon and West Union.
What is a midwife?
Certified nurse midwives are registered nurses who have completed advanced education in the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth. They believe in personalized, safe birthing experiences, as well as ongoing preventive care.
Certified nurse midwives at Gundersen Health System provide:
- Women's health services
- Family planning
- Preconception counseling
- Prenatal care
- Labor and delivery
- Postpartum care
- Lactation support