SSM Health to end Midwifery Program in Madison

SSM Health says they cannot sustain the program
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MADISON, Wis. — SSM Health is discontinuing its Midwifery Program in the Madison market, according to an email to staff obtained by News 3 Now.

In the email, Interim Regional President Matt Hanley and Medical Groups President Mark J Thompson thanked those on the Midwifery team.

“Despite high patient satisfaction, positive outcomes and substantial investment in the program, we are unable to sustain the program further,” the email says. “This decision was difficult and reached through an extensive evaluation process.”

According to the email, the healthcare provider plans to move patient care from the Midwifery team to OB/GYN providers.

The change is set to go into effect Dec. 31.

News 3 Now reached out to SSM Health about ending the program. They responded in a statement as follows:

SSM Health is committed to providing exceptional, compassionate women’s health care services, including access to midwifery care. Our recent decision to end our employed midwifery services at the end of the year is not based on the value of care. We support the work of midwives. We have avenues for independent community Certified Nurse Midwives to care for SSM Health patients and Dean Health Plan members. We plan to reach out to have purposeful conversations with these providers in our community to strengthen these relationships and explore how we successfully transition to community-based midwifery care.
 
Through extensive review, it was discovered that many women who choose midwifery care choose to deliver their babies with community-based midwives. Because of these trends we are not seeing the number of births needed to sustain the current model of employing midwives within the SSM Health Women’s and Newborn’s program.
 
Dean Health Plan members are able to seek care and be transferred to another in-network Certified Nurse Midwife for care. Dean Medical Group patients will also have the option to transfer their care to one of our OB/Gyn providers. Information and details about this transition has been sent to all affected patients.
 
Patients who have questions about options with the Dean Medical Group OB/Gyn team can call our Nurse Navigator at 608-294-6246. If members have questions about selecting an in-network Certified Nurse Midwife through Dean Health Plan, they can call the Dean Health Plan Customer Care Center at 800-279-1301.