Sylvia Obernuefemann, CNM, MSN

Learn more about why Sylvia Obernuefemann, CNM, MSN, loves being a midwife.


Meet Sylvia Obernuefemann, CNM, MSN, a certified nurse midwife with BJC Medical Group of Illinois.

Why did you choose to become a nurse midwife?

Sylvia says she loves watching women become mothers because it changes them so fundamentally. She says it isn't about having a baby but becoming a mother.

What do you enjoy most about working with patients?

She loves the journey and has many girls she started to see when they were teenagers who are now mothers. She loves having that relationship with them, helping them deliver their babies and seeing them six weeks later as a whole different person with more confidence.

Do you have a memorable patient story to share?

One couple had three little girls at home and didn't want to know the sex of their baby. A little boy was born into the dad's hands, and he made the sex announcement, which was followed by shouts of joy from everyone.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Sylvia is a gardener, and she likes to ride a Harley with her husband, which she never thought she'd do.