Larissa Jarvis, CNM, DNP
- Obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN)
- Pregnancy care
- Postpartum care
- Natural/physiologic birth
- Water birth
- Vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC)
- Preconception/fertility care
- Sexual Health
- Trauma-informed care
- Women's Health
Practice philosophy: I believe that every person is an expert about their own body and mind. Empowering care can change the world for the better, and it begins with mindful listening. This allows me to provide individualized, holistic, evidence-based care that is grounded in respect for each person and family. My role is to offer information, support, and guidance so that we can work together towards your wellness goals.
What are you passionate about and why? Helping people learn about themselves and make the best decisions they can for their own needs and goals. Midwives are often perceived as primarily offering pregnancy care and attending births, but we do so much more--well person care, contraception, and health promotion--from menarche to menopause.
If you weren't a health care provider, what would you be? A librarian or a researcher--I love to read and I'm curious about everything!
Why did you become a provider? When did you know this was the career for you? The midwife I saw during my first pregnancy showed me how person-centered care focused on “being with” rather than “doing to” can be powerful and life changing. I soon realized this was my calling.
What is something you have learned from your patients? I learn from my patients every day--about their own chronic conditions, culture, bravery, and communication. Most of all I have learned to always be open, curious, and humble.
What is one of the challenges of this career you enjoy? And why? Midwifery is not always joyful. While I wish it were never necessary, I find it particularly rewarding to help families navigate unanticipated complications by offering empathy and information.
What is your personal health goal? To be strong, capable, present, and to love myself.
What is the best thing you've done for your health or the best health advice you've received? To realize small steps are valuable, good enough really is good enough, and wellness is an imperfect journey, not a destination. Doing a 30 day yoga challenge every January is a much needed reset.
What are you most proud of? My children--they inspire and teach me every day--and my life partner, who has taught me so much about love, compassion, leadership, and professionalism. Being a midwife's spouse is often unpredictable and challenging. I'm also proud of surviving two graduate degrees in 5 years with small children!
What are a few of your personal achievements? Receiving a certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices from the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing alongside my doctoral degree, and being a U of MN Bentson scholar.
Awards and recognitions
- University of Minnesota Bentson scholarship
- ACNM Foundation Midwifery Legacies Project essay winner
- Obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN)
- Board games
- Spending time with family
- University of Minnesota School of Nursing
- University of Minnesota - Morris
- American College of Nurse Midwives
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Current licenses and certifications
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
- Certified Nurse Midwife
- Doctor of Nursing Practice - Midwifery, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices
Years of experience
- United Hospital
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)