Midwifery Services.

Throughout time, midwives have been the traditional care providers for mothers and infants, but today at NFP, our midwives offer a full range of primary care services for individuals of all ages and stages of life from adolescence through menopause.

Midwifery Services Video

Neighborhood Family Practice Midwives

Our philosophy of care centers around shared decision making. You know your body and your life best. We are here to help guide you to achieving your best health and best outcomes. We want to be your partner and provide resources and connections to help you achieve your health goals.

All NFP certified nurse midwives are university-trained experts in providing care for individuals, including normal pregnancy and birth. They are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and the American College of Nurse Midwives, have completed further education in midwifery and other areas of healthcare, and are licensed in the state of Ohio. NFP nurse midwives work in partnership with obstetrician-gynecologists or family practice physicians to ensure your care is coordinated and of the highest level.

Benefits of having an NFP nurse midwife as your health care provider include:

  • Family planning and birth control services

  • All female-identifying providers

  • 24-hour midwife coverage

  • Breastfeeding support and consultation

  • Same day, telemedicine and evening appointments

  • Online access to medical records

About CenteringPregnancy®:

  • Two-hour group appointments with an NFP nurse midwife and a patient advocate

  • Individual physical exam appointments for patients with health concerns

  • Advance scheduling so you can plan for childcare, time away from work and transportation

  • Support person welcome to attend (due to privacy regulations, children are not able to attend these appointments)

  • No waiting in exam rooms or waiting rooms

  • Refreshments provided

Complete care before, during and after pregnancy.

Preconception, pregnancy and childbirth related care provided by NFP nurse midwives includes:

  • Prenatal care through the CenteringPregnancy® program or in traditional, individual appointments

  • Attend births at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital’s birthing center which offers a comfortable environment and features including birthing balls, water birthing tubs, nitrous oxide and more

  • Collaboration with a Cleveland Clinic OB/GYN who provides consultation, surgical services and care for more complex gynecologic needs

  • Specialization in low intervention births including options for natural labor pain control in addition to medications and epidurals

  • Safe care with excellent outcomes including lower rates of premature births, low birth weight babies, C-sections and episiotomies

Comprehensive health services.

In addition to providing pregnancy-related care, NFP nurse midwives work with individuals of all ages to improve their overall health by providing:

  • Services such as pelvic exams, PAP tests, breast exams and scheduling of routine mammograms

  • Family planning including birth control and emergency contraception

  • Treatment of other concerns like yeast infections, sexually transmitted diseases, irregular periods, PMS and sexual health

  • Menopause care

  • Support for individuals dealing with depression and partner/domestic violence

  • Consultation with an OB/GYN for sterilization and gynecological concerns

Lactation Services

Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) offers a full range of lactation/breastfeeding support services for individuals and families both during and after pregnancy.

Our lactation team is here to provide education and support related to:

  • Latching and positioning techniques for effective and comfortable feeding

  • Low supply or oversupply of milk

  • Pain related to breastfeeding

  • Breast engorgement & massage techniques

  • Infant weight concerns

  • Assessment of ankyloglossia (Tongue tie) and frenotomy services

Breastfeeding/Lactation Support Information

  • Team-based lactation support is critical to assisting families who desire to breastfeed. At NFP, we provide lactation support during our newborn visits so the families who desire to breastfeed get off to a strong start and meet their goals.

  • NFP is committed to supporting families in meeting their infant feeding goals. Nationally, most families attempt to breastfeed in the hospital but struggle to continue when they are home. NFP provider lactation support during the time just after the baby’s birth and beyond supports families as they navigate the experience of feeding human milk.

  • Free Breastfeeding Basics classes every other month to start the conversation about breastfeeding before delivery. Research shows this type of support, coupled with support just after a baby’s birth (postpartum) is crucial in helping families meet their infant feeding goals.

  • The support we provide is not about pressuring people to breastfeed. It gives families enough information and options to make an informed decision about how they want to feed their infants.

NFP Milk Bank (Donation ONLY)

The OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank, under the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), provides pasteurized human milk to those infants whose mothers are unable to provide milk to nourish their babies.

  • Pre-screened and accepted donors will be notified to drop off their milk. People must call the Ohio Mother’s Milk Bank FIRST to go through the process of becoming a donor. They can contact the milk bank at: (614) 566.0630 to begin the process or email MilkBank@OhioHealth.com.

  • Donors can drop off their milk anytime between 9 a.m. -4 p.m., Monday – Friday at the Ann B. Reichsman Community Health Center at 3545 Ridge Road in Cleveland.

  • We will have trained staff at our location to accept, store and mail the breast milk back to the bank.

“It was awesome. We learned answers for questions that we never even thought of. It’s really nice to be around young couples going through the same things. Thank you for this class it calmed a lot of our fears and brought us closer as a couple.”

Jessica and Marcus, First time parents

“I never would have tried breastfeeding if it hadn’t been for Centering.”

Michelle, 4th time mom who had never breastfed her other three boys.