midwifery: mid·wife·ry (mĭd-wĭf'ǝ-rē, mĭd'wīf'rē, -wī'fǝ-rē) n.
The techniques and practice of a midwife including childbirth assistance, the independent care of essentially normal healthy women and infants before, during, and after childbirth, and, in collaboration with medical personnel, the consultation, management, and referral of cases in which abnormalities develop.
Nurse-midwives are among the most highly trained of all registered nurses. At Gainesville OBGYN, midwives are a very integral part of everyday life. They are highly trained, highly trusted partners that have their own patient base. The families they care for come to the office for regular checkups and counseling.
Obstetrics & Midwives
Our midwives provide skilled assistance to expectant mothers throughout the childbirth process from pre-pregnancy counseling to postpartum care. They monitor maternal and fetal health throughout pregnancy, recognizing complications and referring patients to physicians when necessary. They provide expert assistance during delivery, reducing the incidence and severity of complications.
Routine Gynecological Care
Midwives perform annual examinations, prescribe medications and order tests. They provide counseling and family planning services, educating their clients about the uses and limitations of birth control products, and prescribing contraceptives as needed. Midwives can also help women going through menopause or perimenopause. When clients have more significant health problems, midwives refer them to a physician.
The Midwives of Gainesville Ob/Gyn offer:
Specialized Obstetric Care by Experienced Nurse Midwives:
- Low-risk obstetrics
- Prenatal evaluation and counseling
- In-hospital delivery
- Epidural/anesthesia available
- Obstetrician Back-up
Attentive Gynecologic Care for:
- Adolescent through post menopause
- Health maintenance
- Contraception evaluation
- Intrauterine Device insertion
- Annual exams
Cyndi Vista ARNP, CNM
Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse-Midwifery University of Florida
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Florida State University
Associate of Science in Nursing Lake City Community College
Years Practicing: Nursing since 1988 and as a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2005.
Providing comprehensive pregnancy care and primary health care to women from puberty through menopause. Providing individualized attention to women and recognizing that each woman is unique with her own physical and emotional needs.
Favorite thing about being a midwife
One of my favorite things about midwifery is the special relationship I develop with each family. I love hearing how each couple met, meeting other family members and getting to know them personally. I feel very blessed and privileged to share the birth experiences of the women and families I care for.
Midwives believe in personal, individualized, family- centered care. Midwifery is about listening to women and providing care in a manner that is flexible, empowering, and supportive.
I am from Florida and have been back in Gainesville for 9 years. I have a son and daughter. For leisure time, I enjoy gardening, most any outdoor activities, and traveling.
Ronnie Jo Stringer, ARNP, CNM
Undergraduate-BSN, Waynesburg University. Waynesburg, PA, 2000-2004
Graduate School-MS, Georgetown University. Washington DC, 2006-2008
RN at Georgetown University Hospital for 4 years before moving to Florida to pursue my career in Midwifery.
Practicing Midwifery for 4 years
Areas of Specialty-low risk Obstetrics, Adolescent GYN, and Contraception
What I like about my job
“I love that I have the opportunity to be a part of one of the most important times in a woman’s life. I strive to help women and their families to have the best possible experience.”
Patient care philosophy
“It is my passion to deliver compassionate care. I am dedicated to empowering women to take an active role in their pregnancy and labor and delivery experience. I believe women should have choices in their care.”
“Chris and I have be married since 2011. I have one son, Ronald who was born in 2011. I was born and raised in a small town in western PA. I have been in Gainesville, Florida for 4 years. Gainesville has been a great place to live because of all the different activities one can get involved in, ranging from sports, outdoor activities, and arts. I love that it is a smaller town with a large University with so much to offer.”
Katie Camargo, ARNP, CNM
Master of Science: Nursing, specialty: Nurse Midwifery, University of Florida, 2015Bachelor of Science: Psychology, University of Florida, 2008 Bachelor of Arts: Political Science, University of Florida, 2008 Practicing Midwifery since 2015, previously worked as RN in labor and delivery
Low Risk Pregnancy and Postpartum Care, Preventative Care, Routine GYN Care, Contraception and Family Planning, GYN Problem Visits
Favorite Thing About Being a Midwife:
Witnessing the look of sheer joy and pure love as families welcome the newest little human on the planet.
"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers- strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength." -Barbara Katz Rothman
I am a life-long resident of the Gainesville area, other than the two years I spent in Tanzania, East Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, where I met my husband who is from Brazil. We have two daughters, two dogs, two cats, a guinea pig, and a partridge in a pear tree. I enjoy reading, watching movies, watching Gator football and basketball, hosting potlucks with friends, and sitting on my porch swing watching my kids play.