Nurse Midwives

    Saint Francis Medical Group Nurse Midwifery Practice 

    1000 Asylum Avenue, Suite 2118
    21 South Road
    West Hartford 
    345 N. Main St. Suite 242
    Covered by most insurance plans
    For more information or an appointment:
    (860) 714-5244 
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    Our Special Focus

    Saint Francis Medical Group Nurse Midwifery Practice (SFMG Nurse Midwifery Practice) focuses on pregnancy as a healthy, empowering experience. In addition to evaluating the physical changes of pregnancy and screening of complications, we provide nutritional counseling and health education. Each prenatal visit is tailored to meet the physical, emotional, and informational needs of the woman and her family.

    Mom New BornChoosing to have your baby here at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center will bring you to the New Beginnings Family Birth Care Center. New Beginnings offers innovative, state-of-the-art care in a comfortable, nurturing, family friendly environment. The New Beginnings model provides a unique birthing experience for each mother and her family. It offers enhanced privacy features, attractive and comfortable surroundings and the latest medical technology. To enhance your level of comfort during labor, we offer birthing balls, a jacuzzi and shower, and pain medications and epidurals if desired.

    Your midwife will deliver your baby unless an operative delivery is indicated. In that case, one of our obstetricians delivers your baby while the midwife maintains a supportive role. After your baby is born, the midwives of SFMG Nurse Midwifery Practice will discuss family adjustments, breast-feeding, newborn care, and the course of physical recovery.

    A Lifetime of Care

    The midwives of SFMG Nurse Midwifery Practice offer a variety of services for women in all stages of life, including:

    • Comprehensive gynecologic care, including annual and interim physical, pelvic and breast examinations
    • Education and counseling in nutrition, exercise, physiological and emotional changes, sexuality and family planning
    • Prenatal care
    • Assistance in developing a personalized birth plan
    • Breast-feeding assistance and encouragement
    • Labor and delivery support
    • Postpartum care


    A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who has also graduated from a masters-level educational program accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. A nurse-midwife must pass a national certifying examination and in Connecticut become licensed by the State Department of Health.

    Our Tradition

    SFMG Nurse Midwifery Practice has been providing care to women in the Hartford area for over 30 years. Currently located at the Gengras Medical Office Building on the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center campus, the nurse-midwives are affiliated with the physicians of Saint Francis Medical Group, who provide collaborative services.

    Our Team  

    JenniferSternJennifer Stern-Hagen, CNM, MSN, MPH 

    Jennifer received her nurse-midwifery training and Masters in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She joined SFMG Nurse Midwifery Practice in 2001 after practicing midwifery in Pennsylvania. Working with a diverse population of women of all ages has always provided Jennifer with great professional and personal satisfaction.

    Outside her rewarding life as a midwife, Jennifer loves her busy life as a wife and mom of two boys who have many activities and interests.

    Tanya SmithTanya Smith, CNM, MSN  

    Tanya became a Certified Nurse-Midwife in 2008, when she received her Masters in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She is thrilled to be given the opportunity to assist women in having a positive, empowering birthing experience, as well as providing lifelong gynecologic care.

    Prior to joining SFMG Nurse Midwifery Practice she had several years of experience working as a staff nurse in labor and delivery units in Canada, Hawaii and Connecticut. She currently resides with her husband, three children and two step-children.

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