Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne Offers Midwife Services

CLEBURNE, Texas — For many women having a midwife present for the birth of their child can be a calming influence. That’s why Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is pleased to have a certified nurse-midwife on the medical staff.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives estimates that across the United States about 11.2 percent of vaginal births in 2005 were attended by nurse-midwives.

For women seeking an holistic birthing experience, midwives may be an appropriate choice. Midwives are supportive of natural birth, but do offer pain medicines if women request it. In labor, midwives tend to spend more time by a woman’s side supporting her and watching for any health complications. Midwives are highlight trained and respond to most complications in labor and delivery.

Research has shown that women who give birth with midwives do tend to have lower Cesarean section rates and lower rates of premature birth. Nurse-midwives do not perform surgery or care for high-risk cases.

But nurse-midwives provide much more than just birthing experiences. They can provide the spectrum of well-woman care for women from their teen years all the way past menopause.

“We are pleased to be able to offer midwife services to our patients,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, hospital president. “We continue to look for the best ways to care for our mothers-to-be and their babies — mind, body and spirit — and nurse midwives are another avenue to do so.”

Carla Morrow, CNM, DNP
Carla Morrow, CNM, DNP

Carla Morrow, CNM, DNP, brings a background of both clinical labor and delivery nurse experience and time teaching in the classroom. She joined the practice of Dr. Steven Farzam, an OB/GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Cleburne. She will see patients in the hospital.

“Having Carla join the community is a great resource for women of all ages,” Farzam said. “It gives women another choice of health care provider while staying within Johnson County for their care.”

Morrow earned a master's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, a post-master’s certificate as a women’s health nurse practioner from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in nurse midwifery from Baylor University.

Morrow said she enjoys providing a wide range of women’s health care services. When deciding where to practice she said that Cleburne seemed like the perfect fit. “I was looking for a community-based experience where I could really get in and get to know people and their families,” she said. “My main goal is to care for women throughout their life and the various stages and health issues they may encounter.”

Texas Health Cleburne offers online resources for moms at Facebook.com/TexasHealthMoms and texashealthmoms.blogspot.com. For more information on women’s health and maternity services, visit TexasHealth.org/Women.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.