Elizabeth Withnall, CNM

/Elizabeth Withnall, CNM
Elizabeth Withnall, CNM

About Elizabeth Withnall, CNM

Originally from New York, Stephanie first found her passion for serving women as a brand new labor and delivery nurse in 2008, when she witnessed first-hand the power and beauty that women exude in childbirth. She believes that all women innately embody these qualities and feels honored each time she can witness and support women as they become grounded and in touch with their own dynamic power. In 2015, Stephanie continued her pursuit toward serving women, and graduated from the University of New Mexico’s midwifery program with her MSN. She has a deep passion for supporting women in finding their most healthy and fulfilling sexuality and feels it essential to create a safe, open and informative environment to discuss and explore her clients’ needs. When on her own time, Stephanie enjoys getting lost in the woods with her dog Bruce, basking in an expansive vista on a mountaintop and surfing when she re-connects with the ocean. She has practiced asana and other forms of yoga for over 10 years and often uses her knowledge of body awareness, breath work and healthy alignment during her visits with her clients. She is constantly seeking new ways to feel powerful and beautiful and is known by her friends as a woman with many hobbies.Stephanie loves serving women and feels deeply blessed to be a part of such and exquisite group of midwives.

Ask the Midwife : Genetic Tests

Ask the Midwife Question: I am 8 weeks pregnant with my first baby and just had my new OB visit. I am confused about genetic tests that are offered. Are these required? What do you recommend? How accurate are they? What is the difference between a screening test and a diagnostic test? Will my insurance cover this type testing?    Answer: Congratulations on your pregnancy! It is our goal that you feel informed about all of your options during your pregnancy and have the confidence to make the right choices for yourself and your baby. Unlike the basic blood tests that we ask you to get during pregnancy so we can take the best care of you, the genetic tests are not required. We can give you information and guidance but we do not make specific recommendations, as whether or not to have genetic testing is a very personal choice.    Genetic tests come in two different categories: screening tests and diagnostic tests. Screening tests can tell you if there is a chance that your baby is affected by specific disorders but not whether it is certain. If a test comes back indicating that there is a higher chance of a problem, further testing must be done to verify whether or not there is actually a problem. Screening tests have different rates of false positive results, depending on the test. Diagnostic tests tell you for sure whether your baby is affected. Diagnostic tests are not [...]

2019-09-20T13:25:07-07:00June 19th, 2019|Education|

Benefits of a Normal Physiologic Birth

Ask the Midwife - Benefits of a Normal Physiologic Birth Q:I am expecting my first child in October, and I am both excited and scared. What can I do to have the best outcome for myself and my baby, and decrease the chance of interventions such as c-section? A:Congratulations! Our goal is to support you in having the birth you want, with a happy and healthy outcome for mom and baby. First, let’s review normal birth. This process includes labor, childbirth and the immediate postpartum period. Normal birth begins on its own, results in vaginal birth, and the mother and baby remain together after birth, with the baby skin to skin. When labor begins spontaneously, hormones are released that help your body contract effectively and help you cope with pain. There is less of a chance that you will need a vacuum delivery or a cesarean. The hormones of labor also help your baby transition to life outside the womb, including maintaining a normal body temperature and respirations. Benefits of a normal birth process include better health for mom and baby, successful adjustment to life outside the womb, emotional satisfaction with the process and being able to cope well with the transition to motherhood. It is important to give birth in an environment that feels private and comfortable, with the right support people present. Some women hire a doula for one on one support. Others have family members present. Only you can decide who you need for emotional support [...]

2019-09-20T13:25:21-07:00September 18th, 2018|Education, News, Uncategorized|

Nitrous Oxide for Labor Analgesia

Ask the Midwife - Nitrous Oxide for Labor Analgesia If you are like most pregnant women, you have been putting some thought into labor and what will happen during that process. Pain management is something that many women consider ahead of time. It is very common to have concerns about it: how much will labor hurt? Will I be able to manage it? What are my options for pain relief if the pain is too much for me? Will the options really help enough? Most women are a little nervous when thinking of these questions. Many women have heard of pain relief options such as the epidural or IV pain medication. There is a new option being offered for pain relief in labor at Lovelace Women’s Hospital; one that in fact has been in use for over a hundred years but is becoming more popular currently in the United States. This option is nitrous oxide, a pain reliever in the form of gas that is inhaled by the laboring woman. Nitrous oxide has been used for many years in Europe for pain relief in labor, and in fact has been used in some U.S. hospitals for as long as 20 years. More recently, the use of nitrous in labor units in the U.S. has become more common, including in NM. You may be familiar with nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” from the dentist office. The form given for labor is a bit different from the dentist office. It [...]

2019-09-20T13:25:32-07:00February 6th, 2018|Child Birth, Education, Motherhood, News|

Ask the Midwife : Zika Virus

Ask the Midwife - Zika Virus Q:I planned a trip to a beachside resort in Mexico a few months ago and just now found out that I am pregnant.  My mom said it isn’t safe for me to go because of Zika virus, but I already paid for the trip. What should I do? A:Congratulations on your pregnancy!  Our primary goal is for you to have a healthy pregnancy as well as a safe and happy outcome for you and your baby.  Zika virus is a serious concern in pregnancy.   This disease is spread by the bite of 2 types infected mosquitoes, as well as through sexual contact.  The virus can cause severe birth defects of the brain in the developing fetus, as well as miscarriage, stillbirth and a disease of the nervous system called Guillain-Barre syndrome.  Unfortunately at this time, there is no vaccination against Zika.  The CDC recommends that all pregnant women avoid travel to areas of the world where Zika is being transmitted.  If travel is unavoidable, steps must be taken to minimize the risk of being infected with the virus.  If you travel to an area that is known for Zika transmission, your provider will arrange for testing for the virus one or more times during your pregnancy, and will advise you to refrain from sexual intercourse during your pregnancy. Areas of the world that are known to present a risk of Zika virus transmission include: Mexico; the Caribbean (including but not limited to [...]

2019-09-20T13:25:43-07:00June 5th, 2017|Education, News, Uncategorized|