SSM Health to continue offering current midwife services until new model in place


MADISON, Wis. — In a news release Tuesday night, SSM Health announced it will continue to offer its current midwife services until a “new, sustainable model is in place.”

SSM’s announcement comes just days after it said its current midwife program in Madison would end its services on Dec. 31 and shift all programs to OBGYN providers.

“Though our current midwifery model is not sustainable,” a statement read, “SSM Health truly values women’s health and remains committed to offering equitable access to care, including midwifery services. We are in the process of exploring all options for a midwifery model that will continue to allow for in-hospital births at St. Mary’s Hospital.”

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The health system said it will reach out directly to current patients in the program and continue to provide updates on what the new model will look like, but officials did not provide a timeline on how soon that could happen.

Over the weekend, SSM said in-hospital births through the midwifery program have accounted for less than 5% of the system’s total deliveries in the Madison market, and clarified that it will identify a “new model” that will maintain access to midwifery births at St. Mary’s Hospital and for patients and Dean Health Plan members.