A certified nurse midwife is now delivering babies at Huntsville Hospital for the first time in more than 20 years.
Dr. Ann Marie Reidy says hiring a certified nurse midwife on staff at her OBGYN clinic has long been a dream of hers, but it took some legwork to make it happen.
"The bylaws were way out-of-date, because there hadn't been one since the 1990s, and so I got those updated, and then it just took a process from there," said Dr. Reidy.
Dr. Reidy hired a certified nurse midwife, Tiffany Golub, about a month ago. Along with delivering babies at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, she will also provide prenatal care and general gynecological services at Dr. Reidy's clinic, Women4Women.
Golub said she's overwhelmed by the support she's received.
"I've had very positive feedback from the patients back here in the office. It's been a great opportunity to educate people about what a nurse midwife is," said Golub.
To become a certified nurse midwife, you need to be a registered nurse. Then, you become certified as a midwife through a master's or doctorate program. Finally, you must pass a national certification exam.
Golub said her focus is to provide patients as natural of a birth as possible. She can prescribe medication if needed and works with doctors if complications arise.
"It's never old, like I think it's just as exciting each time, you know, with each mom whether it's her first baby or her eighth," said Golub.
Golub said a certified nurse midwife is separate from a certified professional midwife. Until last year, the state of Alabama hadn't issued certified professional midwife licenses for more than 40 years, meaning a midwife could not deliver babies at a home.
"People were going to Tennessee, hours away, just to have that option, so I wanted to provide that option right here in a safe hospital setting," said Dr. Reidy.
The state started issuing certified professional midwife licenses at the end of 2018. That means women can choose in-home births and legally have a certified professional midwife present.
Right now, North Alabama has four out-of-hospital midwives.
Women4Women will have a meet and greet with Golub on June 4th at their office on Pelham Avenue starting around noon. For more information, click here.