When Jana Flesher’s mother first heard of her daughter’s plan to become a midwife, she laughed and said: “I’m not surprised!” At age three, Jana had been fascinated by the NOVA documentary The Miracle of Life. “I guess my face was about three inches from the TV screen during the birth scene,” says Flesher. A few weeks later, Jana’s mother found her playing with her doll — instructing her to PUSH!
Flesher has no memory of this telling event, but she does clearly remember her “ah-ha” moment: “When I was in college, I was supporting a woman who wanted a natural birth, and she had a nervous-Nellie-type nurse who kept saying, “You’re going to need an epidural!” — making everyone really tense. But in walked the midwife, and everything changed. She had a very quiet presence, and she calmed everyone down, including the nurse. The patient had a natural delivery of a healthy baby, and I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do!”
As a midwife, Jana Flesher enjoys providing comprehensive care, including prenatal care and delivery of babies; as well as gynecological and preventive care for women of all ages. Women with low risk pregnancies, seeking minimal intervention during pregnancy and delivery will be thrilled with Jana’s level of personal and professional support. Women may chose to begin their care with Jana before they become pregnant, at the beginning of their pregnancy, or during the course of their prenatal care.
Jana works in collaboration with our physicians, so there is always consultation and treatment available in the event of unexpected complications. And Flesher is especially appreciative of the “warm and open” physicians at Southdale ObGyn. “I like the collaboration at the Clinic,” she says, “and its wonderful family environment really fits with midwifery, because we look not only at the woman, but at her whole family.”
A self-professed “board game geek,” Flesher also likes to hike, cook, read, practice yoga, and meditate. On the job, she shares her love of quiet moments with her patients in labor. “It’s not always important to be actively doing something. It’s just as important to be a calming presence … to just be there with your patient and say, ‘You’re OK.’