Meet Our Certified Nurse Midwives

The Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago hosts three talented and dedicated groups of Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) from local hospitals. The CNMs from Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Swedish Covenant Hospital and Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital provide prenatal care- including our CenteringPregnancy program, Well-Woman, and Family Planning services to women and children at every stage of life.

What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?

A Certified Nurse Midwife specializes in pregnancy, birth and women’s health but in many cases, CNMs can provide primary care for women and adolescents. According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), a CNM is a registered nurse who has graduated from a nurse-midwifery program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Some of the services performed by Certified Nurse Midwives include:

  • Gynecological exams
  • Prenatal care
  • Childbirth and Delivery
  • Postpartum care
  • Newborn care
  • Family planning counseling and reproductive health education
  • Treatment of STDs/STIs

Why Should I Consider a Certified Nurse Midwife vs. an OBGYN?

An Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OBGYN) is a medical doctor that specializes in women’s health issues. Certified Nurse Midwives are also medical professionals that specialize in women’s health issues. While an OBGYN and a CNM provide similar services, you may want to consider using a CNM if:

  • You like a more involved experience from your care provider, including education and pregnancy-related counseling, and personalized care
  • You are looking to have a natural childbirth
  • You are experiencing a low -risk pregnancy

You may need to see an OBGYN if:

  • You are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy
  • In general, you are comfortable with spending less time with your provider
  • You may want to be medicated or may need surgical interventions during delivery

Dr. Tara Ioffe

Family Practice

Dr. Tara Ioffe is a dedicated and compassionate Board-Certified Family Medicine physician with a strong commitment to providing excellent care to her patients. She obtained her medical degree from Avalon University in Curacao and went on to complete her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Oklahoma. She has worked at the University of Chicago and most recently NorthShore University. She has since returned to Chicago and is thrilled to join the IWS Family Health team in 2023, where she will continue to provide excellent care to her patients.

Throughout her career, Dr. Ioffe has gained experience in diverse medical fields, such as immediate and urgent care medicine while working at NorthShore Immediate Care. She did clinical research at the University of Chicago. Dr. Ioffe strives to foster a secure and inclusive environment for all her patients. She believes in an integrated approach to medicine, dedicating her time to understand each patient’s unique needs.

During her leisure time, Dr. Ioffe indulges in reading a variety of books for pleasure, plays boardgames, and loves to explore Chicago with her spouse and young child.