Midwife Matters

Pregnancy preparations, women's health, and care options

Ann Dohrmann, CNM

St. Paul Clinic

I have been a midwife for 20 years. After completing my undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, I lived in Nicaragua where I became interested in midwifery through my encounters with both traditional birth attendants and midwives. I was impressed with the commitment of these women to attend births with very limited resources. I was inspired to become a midwife.

After becoming a nurse, I worked with Sister Angela Murdaugh at Holy Family Birth Center in South Texas. All the employees lived on the grounds, which included four small birthing cottages for women and their families. After finishing midwifery school at Baylor College of

Medicine I returned to South Texas and worked at a community health center with an adjacent Birth Center.

I have spent most of my career in St Paul working at various community health centers and Health Partners clinics. I particularly enjoy getting to know women as their pregnancy progresses. I appreciate the uniqueness of every woman and the personal narrative and culture that she brings to the experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.

My vocation also included parenting two children. My husband is a professor at Augsburg College and we live in South Minneapolis.

One great thing about children is that they can lead you to new directions. I am currently the coach for my son’s Lego robotic team and I enjoy watching my daughter perform with Circus Juventas. I recently wrote a grant for several thousand dollars for a raingarden at their school and am now the project manager for the grant and the garden.

I imagine your children will also lead you to many new exciting adventures. I wish you optimal health and deep joy as you embark on the journey.






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