Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) has added its first midwife to its OB-GYN team, offering expectant mothers more birthing options.

Janna Jones Kersh, a certified nurse midwife, has joined Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists and will be delivering babies alongside board- certified OB-GYNs Dr. Christopher Benson, Dr. Gregory Miller, Dr. Berniece Redmond and Dr. Claude Tolbert.

As a nurse midwife, Jones Kersh specializes in providing a safe, individualized childbirth experience for women with low-risk pregnancies. She is trained to take a more holistic approach to the birthing process, intervening only when necessary.

Educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, she also will see patients needing gynecological and primary care services, including contraceptive and family planning counseling, preconception care, gynecological exams, menopausal management and counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention.

Jones Kersh received a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences from the University of Georgia in 2012. She went on to earn her Master of Science degree in nursing with a major in nurse-midwifery at Vanderbilt University this past December.

Her clinical experience as a graduate student included primary care in rural health facilities, labor and delivery at Vanderbilt University Hospital and the full scope of midwifery care at a Maine OB-GYN clinic. She also was among the first students to participate in a new volunteer doula program at Vanderbilt.

Beaufort Memorial OB-GYN Specialists is located at 989 Ribaut Rd. For more information call 843-522-7820.