When you choose midwifery care at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, you’ll receive natural, holistic care from our team of Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM). Our advanced practice nurses are specially trained in gynecology and obstetrics, providing leading midwifery care for women during pregnancy and other life stages.

When it comes to pregnancy and delivery, studies show that women who choose a midwife for care may experience fewer hospitalizations during pregnancy, fewer episiotomies, and feel more in control during childbirth.

In addition to supporting you throughout pregnancy and delivery, our midwives care for women during other phases of life, providing well woman exams, pap smears, contraception and preventative care.

All babies are delivered at the Ohio State Maternity Center with access to the latest equipment and resources for every kind of pregnancy and delivery. 

Why Choose Ohio State?

Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center’s comprehensive midwifery program provides the care you want, when you want it. Here are some reasons expectant mothers choose our midwives:

  • We focus on providing personalized, hands on care throughout labor and birth.
  • We are committed to your birth choices and incorporating your individual needs into your care plan.
  • We offer hydrotherapy during labor and water birth.
  • Our state-of-the-art facility includes private rooms and the latest equipment and resources for every kind of pregnancy and delivery.
  • We are experts at empowering women to take an active role in their health care.

Our Services

Ohio State’s Midwifery Program offers comprehensive care in obstetrics and gynecology for women of all ages. Our midwives provide a compassionate approach to all aspects of women’s health care. We currently offer midwifery care at three office locations - Upper Arlington, Worthington and Gahanna while performing deliveries at Ohio State's Maternity Center. 

Ohio State's midwives offer a variety of care including:

  • Annual well-woman exams
  • Methods of contraception
  • Pregnancy care and delivery
  • Prescriptions
  • Treatment for common infections

In addition, if you develop a medical condition that requires more specialized treatment, our midwives refer you to an obstetrician or other specialist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a midwife right for you?

It’s natural to have questions about your health care, especially when it comes to choosing a provider. Here, our midwives answer some of the most frequently asked questions about midwives and midwifery. For questions not answered here, please contact us or schedule a complimentary, no-obligation midwife appointment.

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Our Experts


Rebecca Wagner, APRN-CNM

Rebecca graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a nursing degree in 1997. She then proudly served her country as an Army Nurse for 4 ½ years in a variety of locations. Her nursing experience is varied and includes labor and delivery and a visiting nurse to pregnant and new mothers. She then returned to school and graduated with her master's degree and a certificate in nurse-midwifery. She is excited about working with women in all stages of their lives and feels especially privileged to work with women through pregnancy and birth.

Care Philosophy


Elizabeth Austin, APRN-CNM

Beth received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she discovered her passion for women's health care and midwifery. In 2007, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree, specializing in Nurse-Midwifery, from Vanderbilt University. Before moving to Columbus in 2013, she practiced in Cleveland and attended births at Lakewood Hospital, a "baby friendly" hospital. Beth is excited to expand midwifery services at Ohio State. She has special interests in contraception, water birth and empowering women to be active decision makers in their health care choices.

Care Philosophy


Cassandra Sampsell, APRN-CNM

Cassandra graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2005. She then worked at The Ohio State University Medical Center as an RN in a variety of areas including labor and delivery. It was there she discovered her true calling, serving the women of our area throughout their lifespan. She attended graduate school at The Ohio State University and graduated with her master's degree and certificate in Nurse-Midwifery.


Lily Zimmermann, APRN-CNM

Lily received her BS in Allied Medicine in 2009 from The Ohio State University. During that time, she was exposed to midwifery and her passion for women’s health grew. Lily pursued a career in nursing at Vanderbilt University, where she completed her MSN specializing in Nurse-Midwifery in 2013. After returning from Nashville, Lily worked for a FQHC providing comprehensive prenatal, postpartum & gynecological services to women. Lily focuses on serving women with competent, compassionate & patient centered care and empowering women to be active facilitators in their health care.


Michaela Ward, MS, APRN-CNM

Michaela received her BA in psychology from The Ohio State University. She then moved to New York City where she attended Columbia University, earning a BS and MS in nursing with a specialty in midwifery. She worked with the Midwives at Magee in Pittsburgh and as a laborist at Mt. Carmel St. Ann's prior to joining the midwifery team at Ohio State. She enjoys taking care of women across their lifespan and empowering them to make the best health care decisions for themselves and their families. Her special interests include family planning and equitable health care.


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Jessica Hill, APRN-CNM

A native of central Ohio, Jessica attended The Ohio State University and received a BA in international studies with a minor in women’s studies. She then moved to New York City and attended Columbia University, earning a BS and MS in nursing with a specialty in midwifery in 2011. After midwifery school, Jessica completed a fellowship at Special Beginnings Birth & Women’s Center outside of Annapolis, Maryland. She then returned to New York and has been in practice with the Mount Sinai Health System for the past several years. Jessica is excited to return to her hometown and join the midwifery practice at Ohio State. She enjoys partnering with women to stay healthy, make informed choices, and have positive birth experiences.


Kaleena Kemper, APRN-CNM

Kaleena received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in 2016. She moved to Ohio from her home state of Colorado after serving for nine years as an Army Medic. While a medic, she worked in an outpatient OB/GYN office where she developed her passion for caring for women. For the last four years, she has been a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Ohio State. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in midwifery and women’s health. Kaleena’s goal is to empower women to become the leaders in their own health with a focus on pregnancy, birth and the child-bearing years.
Helen Dale, APRN-CNM

Helen Dale, APRN-CNM

Helen received her bachelor of nursing degree from The Ohio State University. While in nursing school, she discovered her love of women’s health and chose to pursue a career as a nurse-midwife. Helen completed her master’s degree at Vanderbilt University with a focus on midwifery and family nursing, and then her PhD from Ohio State. She has worked in bedside nursing, primary care, retail health care and most recently as an inpatient certified nurse midwife (CNM) at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. She works to build meaningful relationships with the families that she interacts with and provide them with supportive personalized care. Helen is honored to be part of the midwifery care team at Ohio State. Her research interests lie in understanding and decreasing disparate health outcomes for minority women.

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