Women’s Health: Laurie Rodenberg, CNM

Women’s Health: Laurie Rodenberg, CNM


My name is Laurie Rodenberg. I’m a certified nurse midwife and I work
in the OBGYN department. I was a labor and delivery nurse for 25 plus years before I went to grad school. I decided back in the 90s that I wanted to
be a midwife but couldn’t get back to school because I was raising kids and busy, but I
decided at that time that I wanted to have more of a role in my patients’ deliveries
and that really lended me to become a nurse midwife, which a nurse midwife is really just a nurse practitioner that specializes in labor and deliver and well women care. So I wanted to have a more active role. I wanted to see people all the way through
their pregnancy instead of just seeing them when they came in labor in the unit. And then I really have a big interest in wellness, so the well women side, the GYN side of it really interested me as well. So it was kind of the perfect choice it just
took me awhile to get here. I think the unit here, in Columbia, is probably the closest that a woman can get to having a home birth in a hospital setting, which
was my goal when I was returning to school to become a midwife, was to work in this kind of environment where you actually have the safety net of the hospital but you have all
the comforts of home. We have a regular bed. We have a big tub. We allow our low intervention patients, low risk patients, to eat and drink in labor as tolerated. We allow them to be up and moving. We do intermittent monitoring. We deliver in whatever position they might like and it’s a really important choice for a lot of women out there. At the same time, we can do a low intervention midwifery model, and for the women that choose to have pain medication or an epidural in
labor, they can still be supported in that. So, if they choose to go that route they also can be supported there. So it’s kind of a perfect world for a woman
that wants to have choices.

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