We understand how important it is to feel comfortable with your care provider during this special time. Whether you prefer a certified nurse midwife or obstetrician, at Gundersen you’re able to choose your provider for prenatal care and delivery. If you’re experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, we’re experts in providing extra care.
An obstetrician/gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of women including during pregnancy. Our obstetricians are trained for low- and high-risk pregnancies and deliveries including cesarean deliveries (C-section).
A certified nurse midwife is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education to care for women during pregnancy and childbirth. We’re proud to offer the longest, continuously running midwifery program in Wisconsin. More than half of all vaginal births are attended by a midwife at Gundersen in La Crosse.
A family medicine doctor specializes in the care of the whole family, including pregnant women. If you choose a family medicine doctor for your pregnancy and delivery, they can also become the doctor for your baby and any or all other members of your family.
Shared obstetrics care means healthcare providers partner to care for you during pregnancy and delivery. You typically see one provider for the first 32-34 weeks of pregnancy. Then your care is transferred to a different doctor for the remainder of your pregnancy, labor and birth.