Having a nurse midwife present for your delivery is an option all women should have. It has been shown that having a nurse midwife attributes to low percentages of inductions, episiotomies and Caesarean sections.
That is why Mercy Clinics Midwifery is available for women with low-risk pregnancies, who are planning to deliver at Mercy. We are a hospital-based practice, but we also provide an outpatient clinic for pregnancy care.
We will honor your choice to have either a natural birth or the use of pain management. When you are admitted, a midwife will be present to deliver your baby and support you through the delivery. We work together with OB physicians and, if necessary, will include them in the delivery.
Mercy Clinics Midwifery is proud to offer care throughout a woman’s lifespan – from adolescence through menopause – with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, as well as gynecological and reproductive health. Our providers support normal, healthy, labor and birth which benefits both mother and baby. We respect the personal wishes of our patients, while providing education that allows our patients and their families to make informed decisions. Working with the support of physicians, our patients have opportunities for pain management if they desire. Our midwife model in the medical setting allows our patients a variety of options for their labor and delivery. Prenatal care and office visits take place inside the Perinatal Center of Iowa office, giving patients the convenience of in house ultrasound and testing services.
We offer the full spectrum of services, including:
- Prenatal care
- Labor and Birth care
- Complimentary meet & greets
- Obstetric ultrasounds from within our office at the Perinatal Center of Iowa
- Routine GYN care, family planning and reproductive counseling
- Genetic testing
- Breast-feeding support
Mercy Clinics Midwifery delivers babies at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines' Women & Infants' Center.
Diane Clevenger, RN, MSN, ARNP, CNM
Diane is a certified nurse midwife and a woman’s health nurse practitioner. She received a Master of Science in Nursing and WHNP from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2003, and a Post-master’s Midwifery Certification from he University of Minnesota in 2012.
Lori Steinman, ARNP, FNP, CNM
Lori graduated from University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1986. She dedicated her RN career to maternal child health. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing, FNP-C from Drake University in 1998. She went on to further advance her nursing career, graduating with a Post-Master’s Certificate in Midwifery from the University of Missouri College of Nursing in 2000.
Emily Zambrano-Andrews, ARNP, CNM
Emily is a board-certified nurse midwife and advanced registered nurse practitioner who is passionate about serving women and infants. She received her Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through Frontier.