August 10, 2012 -
Certified Nurse Midwife, Cheri Shields, has recently joined the clinical team at Olympic Medical Physicians Women’s Clinic in Port Angeles. Shields, also an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), will provide midwifery care and offer a full range of obstetrical and gynecological care.
“Cheri’s experience in taking care of women and delivering babies is exceptional,” says Rebecca Corley, MD, chief physician officer with Olympic Medical Physicians. “She is a strong advocate for women’s health in general and will be a tremendous asset to the medical staff at Olympic Medical Center.”
Shields is board certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. She most recently comes from Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (about 130 miles north of Guam). In Saipan she provided gynecologic, family planning, and prenatal, postpartum and perinatal services to women in an underserved and low-resource setting. During the year she worked in Saipan, Shields delivered approximately 98 babies, and will soon celebrate her 100th delivery.
Shields earned her degree in midwifery from Oregon Health & Science University in 2010. Shields entered the field because of her desire to offer individualized, evidence-based and holistic care to mother and child.
“The birth of a child is a deeply intimate and emotional experience. Implications over the course of pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period can impact a family for a lifetime,” says Shields. “I hope that my practice is always guided by this understanding. As a practitioner, I strive to listen to women, inform their choices, and act as their advocate.”
Before pursuing a career as a certified nurse midwife, Shields worked as a pediatric mental health nurse at the Parry Center for Children in Portland, Ore., and as a unit coordinator and certified nursing assistant at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.
Certified nurse midwife Cheri Shields, CNM, ARNP (center), joins (from left to right) advanced registered nurse practitioner Lyell Fox, certified nurse midwives Deborah Bopp and Laurie Johnson-Driese, and Carol Brokschmidt, MD, at the OMP Women’s Clinic in Port Angeles.
About Certified Nurse Midwives
Shields joins two other practicing certified nurse midwives and nurse practitioners at the clinic, including Deborah Bopp, CNM, ARNP, Laurie Johnson-Driese, CNM, ARNP, and Lyell Fox, ARNP. Each midwife has extensive knowledge in the care of pregnant women and the delivery of their babies. The midwives at the Women’s Clinic work closely with the obstetrician and gynecologist, Carol Brokschmidt, MD, who also provides prenatal care and all health maintenance services.
The certified nurse midwives at the Women’s Clinic also work in tandem with the expectant mother to help set realistic goals for the pregnancy and delivery, while keeping both mom and baby healthy. Each midwife has full hospital privileges and pharmaceutical privileges, which allows them to offer moms pain management options, such as epidurals, or post-partum pain medications. With these privileges, Bopp, Johnson-Driese and Shields are each able to provide the personal care expected from a traditional midwife in the safety and comfort of the Birth Center at Olympic Medical Center.
The midwives provide important health maintenance services for women of all ages, including:
Yearly preventive examinations
Consultations about birth control options, infertility or hormone replacement therapy
Olympic Medical Physicians Women’s Clinic specializes in women’s health care. Services include consultation and surgery for gynecological issues, a full range of family planning and contraceptive services, well women care, as well as prenatal care and births. Individual birth plans are encouraged and respected. The Women’s Clinic accepts Molina Healthy Options, DSHS Medicaid and TriCare. Olympic Medical Physicians is a division of Olympic Medical Center.
To schedule an appointment at the Olympic Medical Physicians Women’s Clinic, please call (360) 417-7365.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.