Baptist Health-Fort Smith Expands Women’s Services with Addition of Certified Nurse Midwives

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Baptist Health-Fort Smith recently welcomed two Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) to its medical staff. Certified nurse midwives have post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology and have passed the national board-certification exam administered by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

SaraBeth Askins, CNM, earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, D.C., this spring. Prior to that she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samford University Ida V. Moffitt School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama. Askins has worked as a nurse since 2014, with much of that time spent caring for mothers and babies.

Madison Stave, CNM, graduated last winter from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a Master of Science in Nursing. The Batesville native attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2020. Stave’s nursing career began in 2020, where she practiced in a variety of settings, including the emergency room, urgent care, and labor/delivery.

Nurse midwives care for women during childbirth, including monitoring both mother and baby during labor, assisting with pain management and delivering the baby. Askins and Stave, offer numerous obstetrical and gynecological services for women at any stage of life in the hospital and at Baptist Health Women’s Clinic-Fort Smith, including:

  • Wellness Visits/Pap Smears
  • Gynecology
  • Breast Exams
  • Family Planning and Birth Control
  • Pregnancy: Prenatal through Postpartum, including vaginal deliveries
  • Lactation Support
  • Peri-Menopausal and Menopausal Management

For more information about midwifery at Baptist Health Women’s Clinic-Fort Smith or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-888-BAPTIST.


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For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit Baptist