Why Choose a Midwife

Receiving care from a midwife has many benefits, including increased satisfaction with quality of care, increased chances of having a positive start to breastfeeding, decreased risk of needing a cesarean or of preterm birth, and decreased infant mortality rates.

By forming a collaborative relationship with physicians and other health care professionals throughout New Jersey, the certified nurse midwives of the Barnabas Health Medical Group are able to provide the best in personalized and comprehensive patient care in the state.

Our midwives offer a high-touch, low-tech approach to care and are equipped to address and offer consultations for a variety of conditions and issues, including:

Prenatal Care
Prenatal care, also known as antenatal care, is the care you receive from a midwife during pregnancy. It includes regular care visits that allow our midwives to treat you throughout the course of your pregnancy, with the goal of providing preventive healthcare to help manage and prevent problems.

Labor and Delivery
A midwife provides care based on the philosophy that pregnancy and childbirth are natural, normal, and healthy life events. A midwife supports pregnancy, labor and delivery with as little intervention as possible and is committed to helping you have the birthing experience you want. Midwives provide mothers with labor support techniques to keep her relaxed and focused throughout your birthing experience.

Our midwives collaborate and consult with obstetricians and other medical professionals to make sure all of her needs are met during delivery and birth, and if an unexpected emergency occurs, that the appropriate physicians are there to help.

For many women, breastfeeding takes time and patience. Both during pregnancy and after birth, a midwife can provide the information and support you need to start breastfeeding (if that is your plan). Your midwife will most likely encourage you and your baby to have skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, which helps make breastfeeding easier. After birth, your midwife can help you find your own rhythm with nursing. A midwife can also track how you and your baby are doing with nursing during post-birth check-ups and help you make changes if needed.

As you begin breastfeeding, a midwife is the ideal professionals to answer your questions. Sometimes difficulties, like infection or sore nipples, can occur while nursing: a midwife can answer any questions or concerns that you have and can guide you as you adjust to breastfeeding.

Meet the Midwives

Mary Breitwieser, CNM

Mary BreitwieserWith more than 30 years of experience as a nurse midwife, Mary has provided wellness and pregnancy-related care to women in a variety of settings. She earned a B.S. in nursing from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. and a certificate in nurse-midwifery from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Allied Health Sciences in Newark, N.J.

Karen Carola, CNM, Director of Midwifery

Karen CarolaKaren has more than 30 years of experience in women's health care, including nine years at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. She has a B.S. in nursing from William Patterson University in Wayne, N.J. and a M.S. in nursing with a specialty in nurse midwifery from Columbia University in New York. Karen believes that birth should be an empowering experience and is very active in teaching prenatal yoga.

Katie Connelly, CNM

Katie ConnellyKatie has more than 10 years of experience in women's health. She started her career as a certified childbirth educator and labor and delivery nurse. Katie earned a B.S. in nursing from The College of New Jersey, where she graduated with honors and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society. She earned a M.S. in midwifery from New York University.

Andrea Lindstrom, CNM

Andrea LindstromAndrea has more than 30 years of experience in women's health, having begun her career as a labor and delivery nurse and certified childbirth educator at Community Medical Center. Andrea earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing from Ocean County College in Toms River, N.J. She earned a certificate in nurse midwifery from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Lori Sherman, CNM, MPH, APN

Lori ShermanLori Sherman earned both a B.S. and a M.S. in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Specializing in nurse-midwifery and women's health, Lori is dual-certified as a certified nurse-midwife and women's health nurse practitioner. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals. Prior to a career as a CNM, Lori earned a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University.

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