Midwifery Services

Women's Care offers hospital-based midwifery services, delivering babies at ThedaCare Regional Medical Centers in Appleton and Neenah (formally, Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center).

Meet our Certified Nurse Midwives:
Becky Kahler, MSN, CNM, APNP
Kay Weina, MSN, CNM, APNP
Elise Gessler, MSN, CNM, APNP


What is a midwife?
For starters, midwife means “with woman". Since the early 1900’s, midwives have been guiding women through pregnancy and other normal stages of life. They are skilled health care professionals who provide high-quality primary care services.

While midwives are best known for their care of women during pregnancy and childbirth - mainly to experience a process that is as natural as possible - they are also experts in general women’s health; from adolescence through menopause and beyond.

Today, women seek midwives for routine gynecology appointments (Pap tests and pelvic exams), breast exams, patient education, basic nutrition counseling, birth control options (including pills, injections, implants, IUDs, etc.), family planning, prenatal care, birth, postpartum care, vaginal infections, STD and HIV screenings, mammography referrals, and much more!

What are the benefits to using a midwife during pregnancy?
  • Greater emotional support during labor
  • Guidance and coaching for mom and support person
  • Birth plans tailored to your specific needs
  • Shorter labors
  • Lower c-section and other intervention rates
  • A team of OB/GYN's overseeing care in high-risk situations

Our midwives help maintain and monitor the health of the woman and the health of the baby before, during and beyond pregnancy. Prenatal visits with a midwife begin with a complete, personalized assessment and physical exam, including diagnostic and lab testing using the latest technology and evidence-based care guidelines.

During labor, a midwife continually evaluates the woman’s progress and the baby's health. She offers emotional support and helps guide the woman through contractions and assits in the birth of the baby. Our midwives will make choices that are right for the individual, including a range of pain management options (such as the preference of an epidural).

Choosing to use a midwife is appropriate for low-risk pregnancies which make up 60 to 80% of all pregnancies. Women’s Care of Wisconsin has a team approach to high-risk pregnancies. Those that fall into the 20 to 40% of higher-risk pregnancies will have both a midwife and an OB/GYN doctor overseeing the pregnancy and delivery.

When choosing a provider to care for you - and possibly your unborn baby - make sure it is someone you feel completely comfortable with, who’s appropriate for your individual needs, who’ll respect your wishes, and who practices in the right setting for you.

With midwifery, you can expect a special kind of care; a partnership!