Project Description

Elizabeth Withnall, CNM

Elizabeth has been practicing midwifery for 29 years, first as a licensed midwife attending home and birth center births, then later as a certified nurse midwife, in the hospital setting. She worked at the Northern NM Midwifery Center in Taos for many years, then moved to Las Vegas, NM with her family in 1992 after working as a volunteer in the Guatemalan jungle for two years. While residing in Las Vegas she became a CNM and worked with an obstetrician and later had her own midwifery practice, attending hospital births and providing gynecologic care to women across the lifespan. Elizabeth is married to an anthropologist and has 2 grown children and one teenager. She also had the great fortune to attend the births of her 2 granddaughters. Although not a native New Mexican, Elizabeth has called New Mexico home for 34 years and couldn’t imagine living where there is no chile roasting season.

Undergraduate Degree: Excelsior College, BS in anthropology and nursing, 1997

Graduate School: Philadelphia University, 2010

Special Interests: Elizabeth’s many years of experience as a midwife continue to demonstrate to her the normal nature of childbirth and the strength of women to give birth. She strongly supports family centered childbirth, as she believes that the foundation of the family begins during the birthing and bonding process. She encourages women and their partners to be active participants in their care so that they better understand the process of pregnancy and childbirth. Elizabeth believes that pregnancy and birth are best cared for by midwives for optimal outcomes, and that care should be individualized to women’s specific needs. She enjoys caring for women of all ages, and has a special interest in gynecologic care. When not taking care of women, Elizabeth enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, and traveling to far flung regions of the world.