Anna Lederman, CNM, NCMP, Midi Clinician
As a Certified Nurse Midwife and North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Menopause Practitioner, Anna brings a unique perspective to her work at Midi. “The word ‘midwife’ comes from Old English, and means ‘with women.’ That’s been my goal in healthcare—to be with women through their lifespan.” The system did a good job around reproductive care, but when Anna got to Stanford Health Care, she discovered that her midlife patients were struggling. “They weren’t being heard or helped. They wouldn’t even bring up their perimenopause and menopause symptoms, because they’d been dismissed so often.
“So I did my own research, earned my certification from NAMS, and asked tons of questions of clinicians with experience. But primarily I learned from listening to my patients.”
Anna’s particular area of expertise is vaginal health, treating dryness and painful sex. “I tell patients you're at the peak of your life. That should be true professionally, personally and sexually. If a patient wants to have more sex, I say, let’s make sure you have that!”