Certified nurse midwives are skilled professionals who provide health care to women of all ages with a focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dedicated to an interactive treatment style, they spend time getting to know each of their patients, which allows them to thoroughly understand their individual health issues. Midwives deliver an experienced and caring touch and encourage active participation in decision making and care.

Thinking about having a baby or newly pregnant? Our midwives will be with you every step of the way – through your pregnancy, labor, delivery and beyond – gently guiding you during your entire childbirth experience. We can offer a variety of birthing options, including the possibility of a water birth or the use of our beautiful alternative birthing suite.

Rush Copley Midwifery services include:

  • Contraception management
  • Well-woman care
  • Prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care
  • Individualized and compassionate labor support
  • Family planning
  • Alternative birthing options including water births
  • Preconception counseling
  • Breastfeeding support

Education and Resources


Birth Choices and Use of Water for Labor and Birth

Join Mindee Zilic, Certified Nurse Midwife, for a discussion on childbirth options. Topics will include alternatives for helping women cope with the pain of labor, the use of water during labor and birth, and how to prepare for a personalized birth experience. A tour of the Rush Copley Family Birth Center will follow.
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Alternative Birthing Suite

Rush Copley is proud to offer one of the area’s first and only alternative birthing suites. The suite provides families with a home-like birth in the safety of a hospital setting and features a large heated bathtub, a queen-size bed and special laboring items and equipment for those desiring and able to pursue a birth with minimal medical intervention. Learn More

Rush Copley Midwives

Jennifer Baxter

Jennifer Baxter, APRN, CNM, MSN

Rebekah Ellinger

Rebekah Ellinger, APRN, CNM, MSN

Mindee Zilic

Mindee Zilic, APRN, CNM, MSN

Ryan, Pamela and Family, Oswego

During prenatal appointments, the midwife always took her time with us. We were able to ask questions or express concerns knowing they would be addressed fully. Even walking into the department, the atmosphere is warm and friendly. Having your midwife there during labor and delivery is an amazing experience. We felt supported and at ease. Our birthing plan wishes were respected deeply and fulfilled. We’ve had three children under the midwives' care at Rush Copley, and without a doubt, would choose them again in bringing a new life into the world.

Ryan & Pamela, Oswego
Katherine with her newborn and husband

The midwives helped me achieve my ideal birth by allowing me to take an active role in the whole process. In the beginning, I thought I wanted a more natural birth but as time got closer I was considering alternatives. They didn’t judge or discourage me from interventions; instead they empowered me, and explained all of my options. I felt heard and supported. They even made my husband feel included by answering his questions, educating him about prenatal care and having him take an active role during the delivery. I will now be using the midwives for all my woman healthcare needs.

Katherine, Plano