Midwifery Care

Our Certified Nurse Midwives are Dale Hardy, CNM, and Maureen Sullivan, CNM. Here are ten reasons you should consider making your next appointment with a midwife at Chena Ob/Gyn.

1. Experience Counts

At Chena Ob-Gyn we have the most experienced nurse-midwife in the Fairbanks Area, Dale has had over 20 years experience delivering babies.

2. Midwives are specialists in natural childbirth

Our goal is to help you have the birth you want and what makes sense for your circumstances. We do our best to assist you, and support your use of relaxation techniques such as the use of the labor tub, or other techniques. Delayed cord clamping, and skin-to-skin contact with your infant after delivery can be important techniques to encourage mother-infant bonding and successful breastfeeding. Letting a woman choose her birth position may decrease the time and discomforts of pushing.

3. We Deliver Medicated and Non-medicated Births

Pain relief options of epidurals and IV pain medications are available, and can be the best options for some patients to manage the discomforts of labor. We want to support you in the choices you make during the labor and birth process.

4. We Deliver in the Hospital Setting

We are proud to be associated with the Women's Center at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, which offers private rooms where labor, delivery and recovery take place all in the same room, in a private setting. A labor tub is available to help a woman relax through the birth process. Because we deliver in the hospital setting, emergency situations can be handled promptly and safely.

5. We Deliver Assistance in High Risk Pregnancies

A high risk pregnancy does not mean a midwife can't be involved to help manage your care. We are experienced at recognizing when medical intervention is necessary, and we will bring in the right specialists to help you, and we will often help coordinate your care.

6. We manage our own patients

The majority of births are attended to by your chosen midwife rather than the health care provider "on-call". And if a Cesarean Delivery is needed, we will provide surgical assist. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure the healthiest birth possible, and stay involved and support you through the entire birth process.

7. We Use Office Ultrasound

Being experienced providers in the pregnancy process, we are skilled at using ultrasound to determine baby's position, ensure that there is enough amniotic fluid, and maybe even see baby's heartbeat for the first time!

8. Insurance covers Midwifery Services

All major insurance carriers, including Denali KidCare, will cover midwife deliveries and visits with your midwife in the office, just as it would if you choose to see a physician or nurse practitioner.

9. We Know Women's Health

Midwives see women thru the lifespan even for menopausal issues, well woman visits and for problem visits. We are skilled in offering a full range of contraceptive options.

10. We Deliver Medical Education

Office visits with our midwives are generally longer than you will find with other health care providers, and we would love to help answer any questions you have as you move along in your pregnancy, or questions you have about your health.