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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

Nursing Careers:
Midwifery


Esther Gilman-Kehrer, MS, FNP, CNM

Graduated 1986 from UWYO BSN Program
Graduated 1998 from UWYO MS FNP (Masters of Science Family Nurse Practitioner) Program
Graduated 2002 University of Colorado Post MS CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife) Program

What is a Nurse Midwife?

From the "American College of Nurse-Midwives" web site, we read, "Midwives are primary health care providers to women throughout the lifespan. This means that midwives perform physical exams, prescribe medications including contraceptive methods, order laboratory tests as needed, provide prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as health education and counseling to women of all ages."  

From the "American College of Nurse-Midwives" web site: "Midwives are primary health care providers to women throughout the lifespan. This means that midwives perform physical exams, prescribe medications including contraceptive methods, order laboratory tests as needed, provide prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as health education and counseling to women of all ages."

What drew you to the career of Nurse Anesthesia?

I initially worked as an aid in a small rural clinic in the summers and became fascinated with healthcare.

How did you prepare for it?

I worked in labor and delivery for 16 years and became very interested in maternal child health in a more global way. I could see that being with women and families during the process of birth could be very different in terms of labor support and relationships. Not being involved in their care during the prenatal period left me with a sense that I could help families become more informed about choices and empower them to be more involved in their care.

What do you like the most about this career?

My relationships with my patients. They are life-long.

What are the biggest challenges?

Time commitment to patients and families and balancing that with my own personal life.

What advice would you have for a student interested in this field?

Follow someone in midwifery. Read about the history and current roles midwives play in healthcare in the United States.

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Esther Gilman-Kehrer

"I worked in labor and delivery for 16 years and became very interested in maternal child health in a more global way." Gilman-Kehrer participated in the school's "Speed mentoring" session in 2012.

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