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Meet Beth Whelan, the Only Certified Nurse Midwife at Cook Children's

Celebrating Certified Nurse Midwife Week Oct. 1-7

Beth Whelan

Elizabeth Whelan, CNM, APRN, is a breastfeeding guru, a gestational diabetes expert, and an advocate and encourager to mothers of our tiniest patients. As a Certified Nurse Midwife -- and the only one at Cook Children’s -- Beth is involved in caring for patients with high-risk pregnancies, and providing exceptional follow-up care.

Cook Children’s has a growing Maternal Fetal Medicine program in Abilene. As a CNM, Beth manages high-risk pregnant patients with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, maternal congenital heart disease, blood disorders, connective tissue disease, seizures, preterm labor, preeclampsia, and many others. CNMs also manage fetal abnormalities such as anemia, heart defects, neural tube defects, and growth abnormalities. The program is an incredible resource for patients who live west of Fort Worth.

Beth says that her days are filled with appointments with patients who need ultrasounds or non-stress tests after the patient meets with her physician or advanced practice provider. 

“My job is comprised of happy days and sad days. We are caring for patients during such a vulnerable time in their life,” Beth says. “Watching a patient lose a baby or having to cope with difficult news about their baby is never easy, but being able to provide them with some happy memories of their baby (special ultrasound pictures, videos, heartbeats) and/or being able to celebrate them when things are healthy and new life comes is such a gift and privilege.”

As we celebrate Certified Nurse Midwife Week Oct. 1-7, we say thank you, Beth, for all of your expertise and knowledge that you contribute to the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program. We are so thankful to have you as part of our team.