Within the St. Francis Health Women’s Center, we have certified nurse midwives who focus on personalized care for obstetrics and gynecology (OB/Gyn). A midwife is a healthcare professional who offers services to women of all ages and stages of life. They have advanced education and focus on providing evidence-based care to partner with patients to improve their overall health.
Midwives are able to spend more time with their patients whether it’s focused on education, teaching about the birthing process or labor support. They value the connected relationships they build with their patients and stay by the bedside to help them through labor and delivery. In most cases, our midwives deliver their own patients’ babies, seeing them through the whole birthing process. The midwives at St. Francis Health are dedicated to their patients and will come in on their days off to help with labor and delivery and are on 24-hour call for their patients.
"We are there for the excitement at the first sonogram and the tears when they hear the heartbeat for the first time. After spending nine months with an expectant mom preparing for her baby, delivery day is a celebration and we don't want to miss that moment with our patients," says Denise Nickel, APRN, CNM.
St. Francis Health has a strong collaborative Women’s Center and NewLife Center that includes physicians, midwives, advanced practice registered nurses, delivery and post-partum nurses. While healthy, low-risk pregnancy and delivery are our midwives area of expertise, they work with the physicians for co-management and consultation of higher risk patients.
Each of our midwives is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). CNMs are registered nurses with graduate education in midwifery. They have graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Our midwives are also board certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and licensed APRNs by the Kansas Board of Nursing.
Obstetrics and gynecology
Well-woman exams and PAP smears
Active management of labor and delivery in a hospital setting
Natural birth and epidurals
St. Francis Health Midwives
Denise Nickel, APRN, CNM
Kierston Bocquin, APRN, CNM
Kim Keen, APRN, CNM
If you would like to be connected with one of our midwives, please contact St. Francis Health Women’s Center at 785-295-5330.