Perham Health welcomes Tonya Diggins, nurse-midwife

Perham, MN – Perham Health is pleased to introduce Tonya Diggins, certified nurse-midwife. Having a nurse midwife on staff provides women with another choice in their care. Diggins will first start seeing patients November 27 at the Perham Health Clinic.

Diggins received both her Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner Program) and her Post-Master’s Certificate (Nurse-Midwifery Program) from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She is licensed as a Board Certified Nurse-Midwife with the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Registered Nurse with the state of Minnesota, and Public Health Nurse with the state of Minnesota. 

As a family nurse practitioner and nurse-midwife, Diggins provides a full range of primary healthcare to all members of the family. “Because Tonya is certified as a family nurse practitioner in addition to her role as a nurse-midwife, she will also see women and their children for illness and well visits, allowing for a better coordination of care,” explains Beth Ulschmid, Perham Health Director of Clinic Operations. “As a family nurse practitioner, she can also see men for a variety of illnesses.”

Diggins recently moved to the area from Montevideo, Minn., where she had been working the past 22 years giving her extensive experience in a rural Minnesota health care setting. For the past six years, she focused primarily on obstetrics and newborn care as a nurse-midwife. She and her husband, Troy, have five children. With her children very active in sports, Diggins enjoys attending sporting events and other community activities. In her free time, she likes to garden and spend time outside.

“I am very excited that Perham has had a midwife in their community before and that everyone here seems very supportive of that role,” Diggins says. “I love to educate my patients and teach them how to care for themselves and their families. Watching families evolve with adding a new member into their family is very rewarding. To observe the transition into parenthood is truly a blessing.” 

“We are all so excited to work with Tonya,” Ulschmid remarks. “She is such a warm person and you can just tell she is going to be a great provider who patients will love.”

To make an appointment with Diggins, call the Perham Health Clinic at (218) 347-1200.

Perham Health is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital with three primary care clinics, a 96-bed nursing home, home care agency, adult day services, memory care assisted living, and senior housing.  The medical staff consists of 23 physicians, 13 advance practice providers, and three chiropractors. Visit perhamhealth.org to learn more.