Nurse Midwives

Jennifer Lynch, C.N.M.Jennifer Lynch, C.N.M., received her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She spent the first five years of her career as a labor and delivery nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. She went on to receive her Master of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in nurse midwifery.

Jennifer worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife for five years with Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group before returning to Peoria in 2008.

Jennifer is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. She and her husband Peter live in Peoria with their children Harper, Will, Pierce and Nick.

 

Kristin Burns, C.N.M.Kristin Burns, C.N.M., received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Illinois State University-Mennonite College of Nursing in Bloomington, Illinois. She has 10+ years of experience in labor and delivery as a Registered Nurse. While working at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, Kristin decided to follow her dreams of continuing her education with a Master of Science in Nursing-Midwifery degree through University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kristin is currently a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). She enjoys her free time with family and friends, gardening and shopping. Kristin lives with her husband Dan, children Chloe and Beckham, and her yorkie Lucy.

 

Ashley Frerichs, C.N.M.Ashley Frerichs, C.N.M., received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, along with a minor in Psychology at Bradley University in Peoria IL. She has worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Ashley went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ashley is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Ashley lives with her husband Brett in Tremont. She enjoys traveling, biking and spending time with her family.

 

Nancy Vidic, C.N.M.Nancy Vidic, C.N.M.

Nurse Midwifery is somewhat of a second career for Nancy. As a talented young musician, Nancy joined the Peoria Symphony Orchestra while she was a high school teenager. After graduation, her love of music and traveling took her to the Royal College of Music in London, England where she studied music performance as a concert violist. After finishing her certificate, she returned to Central Illinois and the Peoria Symphony, where she continued her musical career for nearly 20 years. After the birth of her daughter in 1982, Nancy was so moved by the bond she formed with Certified Midwife Bonnie Cox, that she herself returned to school in hopes of one day sharing that bond again with others.

In 1987 Nancy received an Associates Degree in Nursing from Illinois Central College. She eagerly began working at both Methodist Medical Center and OSF St. Francis Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse. With a growing desire for an advanced nursing degree, Nancy again returned to college, graduating from Bradley University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1994 and from the University of Illinois Chicago in 1997 with a Masters of Science and a Certificate of Nurse Midwifery.

After graduation, Nancy began working as a Certified Nurse Midwife and was instrumental in the development of a teen prenatal program through Planned Parenthood of Peoria. After 10 years of private practice, she rejoined the OSF team where she developed an OB Triage Unit in labor and delivery. Anxious to return to her patients, Nancy became a part of the Teverbaugh, Croland, and Mueller Team in December 2010 and is excited to be a part of Central Illinois’ first midwifery service.

Nancy currently lives with her husband, Mark, and two dogs, Chubbs and Buddy. She is the proud mother of two beautiful children, Amy and Josh, and loving Nana to two very special grandchildren, Reece and Izzie. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding, and knitting. She defines her greatest accomplishment as, “Delivering my daughter twice on the same day”.

 

Sue Sphar, C.N.M.Sue Sphar, C.N.M. has been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2000. She received her nursing education at Illinois Central College in 1983, obtained a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing from Bradley University in 1993, and completed a Master's Degree in Nursing-Midwifery in 2000 from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has worked as a certified nurse midwife for the past eleven years in the Peoria area. Prior to becoming a midwife Sue worked at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for 20 years as a labor & delivery nurse, charge nurse, OB Life flight nurse & coordinator, high risk OB coordinator, and was part of the management team. Sue also had the pleasure of being a Lamaze instructor for 15 years. Sue has also taught undergraduate nursing students at OSF Saint Francis College of Nursing, Bradley University, and has been a preceptor for graduate nursing students at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sue and her husband Mike are the proud parents of three grown children, Greg, Karyn, and Tim. They are also blessed to have a wonderful daughter-in-law Liz and son-in-law Justin. Their most precious joy in life is their 4 year old granddaughter Sofia.

 

Karen Collins CNM, WHNP, FNPKaren Collins CNM, WHNP, FNP, received her Associate Degree in nursing from Parkland College in 1991. Karen later earned a Bachelor degree from Eastern Illinois University through the business department. She has a diverse nursing background including pediatrics, Intensive care and several years in labor and delivery. She went on to receive her Master of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in Nurse Midwifery and women’s health Care.

Karen has worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for five years. She has recently completed a post masters in Family practice through Indiana State University. Karen has also taught undergraduate nursing students at the University of Illinois and has been a preceptor for graduate nursing students.

Karen is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. She and her husband John enjoy traveling and spending time with their children Kaycee and Tim.

 

Lynnette Davis, CNM, WHNPLynnette Davis, CNM, WHNP, received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Illinois Central College in 1987. She then began her career in Women’s Health starting in Labor and delivery. During her years as a RN she worked in a variety of settings such as post-partum, nursery, and became a certified lactation consultant. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and her Master of Science from University of Illinois Chicago, specializing in Women’s Health Care in 2009. She then obtained her post-master’s certificate in nurse midwifery at U of I in 2012.

Lynnette has taught nursing students at ICC, and will be starting to precept graduate nursing students this summer. Lynnette is a member of the American College of Midwives. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Rob, and her two sons, Josh and Jared. She enjoys running, biking, traveling, and spending time with her dogs.

 

Heather Miller, CNMHeather Miller, CNM, was raised in Joliet, IL and Morris, IL before joining the U.S. Navy in 1994 at the age of 17. She enjoyed her time on active duty and was able to travel around the world via the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. She was honorably discharged in 1998 and moved back to Illinois. Heather then worked in a telecommunications warehouse while earning an Associates degree of Science from Joliet Junior College and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Heather then went on to receive her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Illinois State University (Mennonite College of Nursing).

Following graduation, she worked as a nurse on an OB unit in Joliet, IL for six years. While working as a RN, she went on to earn her Master of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in nurse midwifery. Heather is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Heather was inspired to become a midwife while she was pregnant with her son, Aidan. She felt that her midwife, Colleen Jones, was very compassionate and had a rewarding career.

Heather enjoys developing relationships with her patients and their families. She lives in Morris, IL with her husband, Jon, her son, Aidan, and two stepchildren, Alison and Macie. She also enjoys cooking and traveling as much as possible.

 

Liz Jennings-Porter, C.N.M.Liz Jennings-Porter, CNM, discovered her passion for midwifery after the birth of her three children in the early 1980's. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois in 1991. Liz became a Labor and Delivery nurse and then went on to complete her Master of Science at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1997. After graduation, she joined a busy OB/Gyn practice and then went on to open her own private midwifery practice in 2003. Liz has joined our practice in Ottawa, IL in hopes of meeting the healthcare needs of women in a rural setting.

 

Midwifery Services

Midwifery care is on the rise as more women seek the personal care that midwives provide. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) have been guiding women through pregnancy and other normal stages of life since the early 1900s. Today women seek midwives for prenatal care, birth, postpartum care, birth control, gynecologic exams, menopausal management, vaginal infections, and many other services.

When you decide to visit a midwife, you can expect a special kind of care. Midwives strive to become partners in care rather than simply providers of health care. Midwives approach birth, puberty, and menopause as normal life events rather than potential medical emergencies. These are times when women need special education or support, but nobody needs to cure or fix them. They believe that if women are given the correct information, they can make safe and satisfying choices.

Midwives are trained to recognize complications early and, if needed, refer you for appropriate care. In a midwife you’ll find the best of health care and human support in one caring professional.