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Midwifery

Certified nurse-midwives are nurse practitioners with training and education in obstetrics as well as women's health. Our nurse-midwives focus on relationships, individual attention, and your choices. 

If you're pregnant, they can prescribe medicine, order labs, and generally provide the same level of pregnancy care as obstetricians in normal pregnancies. When the baby's ready, you'll deliver in the hospital, where obstetricians are always available in the event of an emergency.

In addition to pregnancy and birth care, certified nurse-midwives help with women's annual exams, contraception, wellness management, menopausal counseling and treatment, and treatment for minor to moderate illnesses and health concerns. 

Highlights & Resources

  • Facilities & Locations

As a woman, your health needs will change throughout your life. From family planning to prenatal care and annual exams, our team of OB/GYN experts can guide you through your journey.


  • Location & Contact Info

    520 S. Eagle Rd.
    Suite 2110
    Meridian, ID 83642
    (208) 706-3220

Providers

  • Midwifery

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    Accepting new patients
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    Biography

    Melissa Merrill, CNM, WHNP earned her graduate degree as a certified nurse midwife from the University of Cincinnati, where she also earned her master's degree in nursing.

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    Accepting new patients
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    Tasha Parker, MSN, CNM has a passion for empowering and educating women about their options for childbirth and health and wellness throughout their lives. She delivers babies at St. Luke's Meridian and St. Luke's Nampa.

    Tasha earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Lincoln University in Missouri and her master’s degree in nursing/nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University. She has worked in women’s health her entire career as a labor and delivery nurse, case manager, and outpatient OB-GYN nurse. She worked as a nurse-midwife and preventive/public health advanced practice nurse in South Carolina before moving to Boise.

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    Accepting new patients
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    Biography

    Helene Reusser, MSN, CNM has professional interests in physiologic birth and the care of menopausal women. She believes in evidence-based care, and that women have options in birthing and support in labor. Helene delivers babies at St. Luke's Meridian and St. Luke's Nampa.

    Helene says of her practice philosophy that, "Women have a right to respectful, individualized care in a supportive environment. Our job as nurse-midwives is to provide that care while educating our patients so they can make informed choices. As a CNM, I strive to give women the birth they want, whether that is low-tech and non-interventive or supporting women who desire epidural anesthesia."

    Helene earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Boise State University, her bachelor's degree in nursing from Seattle University, and her master’s degree in nurse midwifery from the University of Utah. After graduate school she moved to Rexburg, Idaho, and practiced as a nurse-midwife in conjunction with a physician. After years of attending births and caring for women in eastern Idaho, she moved to Boise to work as a nurse-midwife at St. Luke's.

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    Accepting new patients
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    Biography

    Kristi Rhodes, CNM provides care to women from adolescence beyond menopause, including preconception care, contraception, and well-woman care. Consistent with midwifery practice, she focuses on individualized care and optimal health, and views pregnancy and birth as a normal physiological process. She recognizes that many factors influence each women’s unique childbirth experience, including fears and beliefs. She’s an advocate for shared decision-making, informed choices, and self-determination.

    In her relationships with expectant mothers, Kristi is watchful for complications and offers physical, social, and emotional support, but also trusts in each women’s ability to have a normal, healthy, positive pregnancy and birth. She encourages you to move freely, to follow your body, and to labor and push in positions that feel right to you.

    As a midwife, Kristi works in collaboration with physicians, and there are times during a woman’s pregnancy and birth when her care may overlap with a doctor. Kristi works closely with Dr. Glen Lovelace, and consults with him when appropriate. She delivers babies at St. Luke's Boise.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Midwifery

    Biography

    Tamara Rolan, MSN, CNM provides care throughout pregnancy and childbirth, and general well-woman services. She has special interests and expertise in labor support, teen pregnancy, and women's health. Tamara delivers babies at St. Luke's Meridian and St. Luke's Nampa. She feels it's a privilege and an honor to care for women and their families. Tamara says, "I truly believe in the midwifery model of being 'with woman': Every woman has the right to make informed choices and be supported in their pregnancy and well woman care."

    Tamara gained experience as a volunteer doula. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Winston-Salem State University. She completed her midwifery training at Frontier Nursing University.

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    Accepting new patients
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    Biography

    Cortney Fields, CNM delivers babies at St. Luke's Boise.

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    Accepting new patients
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    Biography

    Kathy Watkins-Brecheen, CNM is a certified nurse-midwife with certifications as a first assistant at cesarean section, ultrasound, and water birth. She is also interested in substance abuse disorders during pregnancy. She delivers babies at St. Luke's Meridian and St. Luke's Nampa.

    Kathy earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, and her master's degree in nursing with a midwifery specialty from the University of Utah. She also took a nursing leadership fellowship at Duke University. She is on the American College of Nurse Midwives Ultrasound Education Task Force and is liaison to the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Midwifery

    Biography

    Charlotte Wilkes, CNM delivers babies at St. Luke's Boise.

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    Accepting new patients

Classes & Events

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    Next Date & Time
    Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
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    Free, Registration Required

    Every woman can benefit from the care of a certified nurse-midwife-and not only for pregnancy and delivery. You can rely on them for annual exams, wellness management, and treatment of minor to moderate illnesses and health concerns.Choosing a provider for your OB-GYN care is an important decision. You want to feel safe and comfortable, knowing you're receiving the best possible care. Come meet St. Luke's Certified Nurse-Midwives and find the personalized care that's just right for you.

  • Intuitive Birth: Boise

    Health Management Classes
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    Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
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    $60.00, Registration Required

    <p>Prepare your body and mind for the incredible experience of childbirth and parenting that will offer you tools to reduce the effects of stress, create a sense of peace, and provide an optimal growing environment for your baby. The earlier you start these practices, the more benefit you will receive throughout your pregnancy. In this four class series you will learn:</p><ul><li>The anatomy and physiology of a normal birth</li><li>How to reduce the effects of stress</li><li>Meditative techniques that will help you prepare for birthing and parenting</li><li>How to cultivate a deeper connection to your body and your growing baby</li><li>To trust your body&rsquo;s innate ability to give birth</li><li>How to envision your own birth environment to support the experience you desire.</li></ul><p>Incorporating mindfulness-based techniques such as yoga, meditation and relaxation during pregnancy have been shown to be the best way to prepare for birth both physically and mentally, even if your pregnancy and labor require a higher level of intervention. These techniques help you and your baby&rsquo;s immune systems and reduce stress which can affect a growing fetus&mdash;leading to complications and a more difficult birth.</p>

  • Preparing for Childbirth with Yoga: Eagle

    Health Management Classes
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    Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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    $20.00, Registration Required

    We will discuss the beneficial use of simple movement and yoga postures to prepare for positions utilized in labor.

  • Prenatal Water Aerobics: Boise

    Health Management Classes
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    Monday, Dec 18, 2017 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
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    $30.00, Registration Required

    Enjoy a fun, relaxing, low-impact workout in this water aerobics class for pregnant women.