Midwifery Care

South Shore Health's highly-skilled, board-certified nurse midwives provide a personalized pregnancy and birth experience for every woman.

Our nurse midwives can care for most expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy, collaborating with OB/GYNs or maternal-fetal medicine experts when necessary. When it’s time to give birth at South Shore Hospital, your midwife will help you through the experience, including working with you to manage your pain—either non-medicinally or with the help of pain medicine or an epidural.

If you need additional assistance during birth, your midwife will stay with you, whether you need a caesarian birth or attention from an OB physician. Should your baby need medical attention, southeastern Massachusetts’ only Level III NICU is just down the hall.

Get answers to some frequently asked questions about midwifery care below.

Yes. Certified Nurse Midwives have a degree in nursing as well as a master’s degree. Midwives can provide expert care to a woman during any stage of life, including gynecological exams and screenings, as well as primary and newborn care.   

Not at all! Our midwives partner with patients to determine a plan that fits each woman’s vision for childbirth. Midwives understand that each person’s level of pain is unique and they provide expert knowledge in how to best cope with pain during labor—both medicinally and non-medicinally. 

Massachusetts law requires that private insurance companies pay for services provided by a Certified Nurse Midwife. Medicaid requires that this care be covered in all states. However, it’s best to call your insurance company to confirm if your plan covers midwifery care.

Your midwifery experience may be different than that of a woman with a low-risk pregnancy. In your case, a midwife may help co-manage your pregnancy in collaboration with an OB/GYN. For example, a midwife may be able to meet with you for some prenatal appointments. Feel free to call us to discuss how a midwife can play a role in your pregnancy and childbirth experience. 

Meet Our Midwives

Anne-Marie Armstrong, CNM, laborist, midwifery, south shore hospital

Anne-Marie Armstrong, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Emily D. Armstrong, CNM, laborist, south shore hospital

Emily D. Armstrong, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Rachel Ballester, CNM, laborist, south shore hospital, women's center

Rachel E. Ballester, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Amy Baron, Certified Nurse Midwife

Amy H. Baron, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Constance Breece, CNM, laborist, south shore hospital

Constance M. Breece, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Deb Carlson, CNM, South Shore Hospital

Deborah Z. Carlson, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
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Melissa A. DiNunno, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Mary Hogan-Donaldson, Laborist, Certified Nurse Midwife

Mary M. Hogan-Donaldson, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Julie Honan, Laborist, Certified Nurse Midwife

Julie A. Honan, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Christine Just, CNM

Christine M. Just, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Jaime Kullak, Certified Nurse Midwife, South Shore Hospital

Jaime D. Kullak, CNM, CNP

Certified Nurse Midwife
Nannette Landry, CNM, South Shore Hospital

Nannette M. Landry, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Michelle Millerd, CNM, South Shore Hospital

Michelle A. Millerd, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Karen Murphy-Fitch

Karen M. Murphy-Fitch, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Catherine O'Connor, Certified Nurse Midwife

Catherine M. O'Connor, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Julie Paul, Certified Nurse Midwife

Julie A. Paul, CNM, CNP

Certified Nurse Midwife
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Ruby M. Ristuccia, CNM

Ruby M. Ristuccia, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Dr. Susan Scotti Smith, CNM, MS, South Shore Women's Health

Susan Scotti Smith, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Ritamarie Testa, CNA, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ritamarie A. Testa, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Caitlin Warren, CNM, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Caitlin E. Warren, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife
Jessica Wilson, Certified Nurse Midwife

Jessica Wilson, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

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