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Certified Nurse-Midwives — A Natural Choice

Nurse-midwives work in collaboration with VCU Health physicians and have immediate access to their support should complications arise during labor or birth.

Meet our team

Brenda Brickhouse, CNM 
Reid Byrne, CNM 
Leslie Fehan, CNM 
Melanie Hartman, CNM  
Holly McGroary, CNM 
Jennifer Walker, CNM
 

At VCU Medical Center, our certified nurse-midwives are integral members of the childbirth team. The nurse-midwives specialize in low-intervention, natural childbirth for low-risk women. Together with obstetricians, nurses ...and YOU... the nurse-midwives help you achieve your best birth while also preparing you for becoming a new parent.

Certified nurse-midwives care for pregnant women through:

  • Comprehensive prenatal care, either individually or through the CenteringPregnancy® program
  • 24/7 labor support — available to you on-call when you go into labor at home and by your side once in the hospital
  • Providing emotional support and encouragement during labor
  • Offering position changes and hydrotherapy to encourage labor to progress naturally
  • Supporting each woman's health care decisions before, during and after birth
  • Facilitating a strong mother-baby bond and support for breastfeeding

Nurse-midwives work in collaboration with VCU Health physicians and have immediate access to their support should complications arise during labor or birth.

If you are interested in meeting with VCU Health's nurse-midwives, please call (804) 828-4409 or request an appointment online.

For your convenience, new patient consultations are offered at both VCU Health at Stony Point and Nelson Clinic on the downtown campus.

Additional resources:

American College of Nurse-Midwives Top Award

Our amazing team of nurse-midwives achieved a Triple Aim Best Practice designation for improving the patient experience – the only Richmond area practice to receive this recognition.

2018 Best Practice Achievement American College of Nurse-Midwives