SSM Health reverses course, says midwifery program is here to stay

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MADISON, Wis. — Less than a week after first announcing plans to end its midwifery program, SSM Health officials said they’re changing course and now plan to keep the program.

After midwives with the health care provider’s program said they were blindsided by the decision to end services, SSM Health shared a statement saying it would keep the program until an alternative was put in place.

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In a new statement Thursday, SSM Health spokesperson Kim Sveum said feedback from the community led them to change course.

“Our ultimate goal in this decision is to work together with our midwifery team and community women’s health partners to find a long-term, sustainable solution that allows area women reliable access to a full scope of midwifery services and in-hospitals births through SSM Health,” Sveum said.

Officials said they’re working with the midwifery team based on the community’s input to find new ways to meet patient needs.

Read SSM Health’s full statement below:

“After hearing the feedback from our community and through further discussion with our midwifery team, SSM Health has decided to continue our program. To be clear, SSM Health’s Midwifery Program will not be ending as previously planned.

“We will take the feedback our community has provided as an opportunity to strengthen and evolve the program through input and conversation with our team, our patients and the community. We are committed to the profession of midwifery and choices for our patients. We hope to have meaningful conversations moving forward on how to continue to best meet the needs of the communities we serve.

“Our ultimate goal in this decision is to work together with our midwifery team and community women’s health partners to find a long-term, sustainable solution that allows area women reliable access to a full scope of midwifery services and in-hospitals births through SSM Health.

“We have learned over the past week that we need to learn more. We will take this opportunity to thoughtfully discuss and determine a path to an improved program that serves our community’s women’s health needs. We apologize for the confusion or anxiety this caused. We ask our current patients to call our Nurse Navigator at 608-294-6246 with questions.”