Natural Labor Options in Dayton

“Women want to have a voice in how their baby is brought into this world, and we are making every effort to support them in their decisions,” says Kettering Health Network Executive Director Network Women’s and Children’s Service Line, Miriam Cartmell MS, RNC-OB, NEA-BC.






To continue to empower women in their birth experiences, Kettering Health Network maternity centers and affiliated OB-GYN practices have expanded natural birth options for laboring mothers.


Kettering Physician Network Women’s Health has a team of certified nurse midwives on staff who offer patients delivering at Soin Medical Center a custom birth experience in the safety of a hospital. A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with specialized training in women’s health and a concentration in pregnancy, labor, birth, and care after birth.

Midwives support natural birthing experiences and emphasize low intervention but are trained to administer pharmacologic pain management if a patient wishes to incorporate it into their care.

Midwives provide:
  • Full-scope gynecologic and obstetric care for women from puberty through menopause
  • Family planning consultations and contraception counseling
  • Prescriptive authority
  • Prenatal, pregnancy, and birthing care
  • Support for natural birth experiences with ability to assist with cesarean birth as needed

In addition to midwifery, Kettering Health Network has other resources to support women who wish to have a more natural childbirth experience. Find out more about natural labor options, including what is exclusively available locally at Kettering Health Network.

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