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Gayle Riedmann, CNM, MS


Gayle Riedmann, CNM, MS graduated from University of California-San Francisco/University of California-San Diego Intercampus Graduate Studies with a Masters degree in 1986. She practiced at University of California San Diego prior to moving to Chicago in 1987. She started the first full-scope Nurse-Midwifery practice at Northwestern Memorial/Prentice Women's Hospital, practicing there until 1993.

After a short break (with 3 children under age 5!) she worked at an HMO CNM service at Rush, then worked with a physician in private practice beginning in 1996. She founded a private midwifery practice and has been the owner of West Suburban Midwife Associates since it opened its doors in 2000. WSMA continues to be one of the few CNM-owned midwifery practices in the state.

While at West Suburban Hospital, she initiated the Alternative Birth Center and Waterbirth programs, West Suburban's Childbirth Education series, and was instrumental in bringing nitrous oxide as a pain management option to the hospital. She has been active as preceptor for Advanced Practice Nursing students in Midwifery and Women's Health programs across the U.S.

Gayle is current President of the Illinois Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives. She additionally serves on the Board of Directors of Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, and is past Chair of the Illinois Birth Center Task Force. Acting on her passion for birth options, she campaigned for over a 25 years to pass a legislative bill to establish freestanding birth centers in Illinois. The legislation was signed into law as Public Act 95-0445 in 2007.

Gayle was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn and served on the Board of Nursing for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to represent Advanced Practice Nurses/ Certified Nurse-Midwives for the State of Illinois from 2009-2016.

She has published several professional articles, notably "Cesarean Section Rates in Low Risk Patients Managed by Nurse-Midwives and Obstetricians" in the Journal of Nurse-Midwifery; and "Recommendations for the Management of Low-Risk Obstetric Patients" in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Gayle has also written several chapters for Nursing textbooks, and two chapters for the Global Library of Women's Medicine: Education for Childbirth and Preparation for Parenthood.

Gayle is past recipient of the ACNM Foundation Leadership Award, the Joyce Roberts Award for Excellence in Midwifery, and the Marie Lindsey Spirit of Advanced Practice Nursing Award.

Gayle loves to travel, to hike and bike, and continue the never-ending restoration of her 1891 Victorian Rowhouse. She has 3 (exceptional!) children, all delivered by nurse-midwives.