Midwives have been around for years, helping women through the tiring, yet extraordinary process of childbirth. But did you know that midwives offer women much more than that? IVCH extends the services of our four certified nurse midwives to women throughout the community: Dana Hoffman, DNP, CNM; Pam Koehler, RN, MS, CNM; Angela Reidner, RN, MS, CNM; and Barbara Tieman, RN, MSN, CNM. These midwives talk with you one-on-one, get to know you and your health goals, and guide you through numerous health care issues… starting with your teenage years and continuing throughout adulthood.
What Makes Midwives Unique?
The best way to describe midwifery care is that it is time intensive. We take time to listen to you, encourage you and support you, wherever you may be in life. We believe in having a partnership with the women and families we care for, and believe that women should know all of their choices in order to make informed decisions. That’s why from the first time we meet our patients, we begin to educate them on how to live healthy lives and prevent disease. It’s a growing relationship, and it’s a relationship that often lasts for years.
How Will My Birthing Experience Be Different with a Midwife?
Pregnancy and childbirth are part of the life cycle. That means most everything that happens to a women’s body during pregnancy... the rollercoaster hormones, the morning sickness, the ligament aches and pains... it’s all natural. And while there are special cases where health risks occur and medical intervention is necessary, for the most part, your body knows what to do and it’s a safe process.
Because of this, we believe in minimal intervention during childbirth, letting your body guide you through the process. Does that mean you’re on your own? Absolutely not! The best thing about having a midwife is that we are with you every step of the way—offering support and helping you relax and maintain control over pain and contractions. The process is just as important as the outcome and we want you to walk away feeling that you had the experience you had hoped for.
So whether you desire a natural child birth, an epidural, a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) delivery, a water birth or narcotic pain management, our group of midwives will be supportive and excitedly greet your newest bundle of joy.
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Meet the IVCH Midwives
If you would like to explore having a midwife for your birthing experience, call us at 815.223.2944 and schedule an appointment today. We’ve also included a short introduction about each midwife below to get you started.
Dana Hoffman, DNP, CNM
As a Certified Nurse Midwife, Dana seeks to provide a full scope of health care that is compassionate, comprehensive and patient-centered. Prior to joining the IVCH Women’s Health Care Center, she worked as a CNM in Rockford and as an RN in Dixon before that. Her experience includes providing midwifery health care for antepartum, postpartum, family planning, newborns, gynecology and vaginal deliveries. Dana received her bachelor’s in nursing (cum laude) from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and her master’s in the nurse midwifery program from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She recently obtained her doctor of nursing practice degree from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. Dana is certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Neonatal Resuscitation. She is certified by the American Heart Association in Advanced Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Life Support (PALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). She has been an Emergency Communications RN and Licensed Trauma Nurse Specialist. Dana is also a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Pamela Koehler, RN, MS, CNM
A native of the Illinois Valley, Pam became seriously interested in midwifery and women'’s health while pregnant with her first child in 1975. She was a La Leche League Leader and board certified lactation consultant for 20 years before becoming a midwife. Pam joined the IVCH family in 1991 and began working as a midwife in 1999 after earning her degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and joined IVCH Women’s Health Care Center in 2002. Since then, she has had the privilege and honor of “catching” more than 1,000 babies! Special interests include teaching hypnosis for birth, supporting women and women’s health issues, and in particular supporting women in whatever route THEY chose for their own personal birthing experience, whether it be a waterbirth, vbac, epidural or repeat C-section. She has three grown children—two delivered by midwives, a daughter-in-law studying midwifery and a 6-year-old granddaughter who is a bright light in her life. Home is with her husband of 41 years and her spoiled yellow lab. She enjoys gardening, traveling and most of all spending time with family and good friends.
Angela Reidner, RN, MS, CNM
Angela has been instrumental in helping mom’s bring new life into the world for over 25 years. She began her nursing career at OSF where she spent four years working in the Neonatal ICU and Labor and Delivery units. In 1992, Angela finished her Masters of Science degree in Maternal Child Nursing and Midwifery from the University of Illinois at Chicago and moved to Carbondale where she helped establish and grow the Midwife Services at St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospital. In 1999, she moved with her husband and two daughters to Princeton, IL where she began a private practice with an obstetrician and became certified in Hypnobirthing. She also helped incorporate the option of water birth at the local hospital. Angela joined IVCH Women’s Health Care Center in 2009, and even after all these years, she remains passionate about facilitating a safe, individualized, satisfying birthing experience for families. She is committed to listening to women and their partners, and believes providing the best birth experience for a woman and her family involves incorporating their desires as much as possible in the birth experience.
Barbara Tieman, RN, MSN, CNM
As a Certified Nurse Midwife, Barbara offers a variety of services to the patients at Women's Health Care Center. Prior to joining the WHCC staff, she worked for the KSB Medical Group in Dixon for more than 16 years. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Barbara is also a family nurse practitioner. She has enjoyed working with labor and delivery patients for 12 years and has participated in more than 500 births.
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