Nissa Erickson Geisness - CNM

Nissa Erickson Geisness - CNM

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Nissa Erickson Geisness's passion for midwifery began early in her life.  She was present at the midwife-attended birth of her younger sister, Kate, after tagging along to her own mother's prenatal visits and Lamaze classes. She is dedicated to advocating for women and their families by empowering them to make their own informed health care decisions.  She provides sensitive patient-centered care, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic situations. She is respectful of the unique needs and choices of women throughout pregnancy and birth, and through various life stages.  Her clinical/research interests include adolescent care (both gynecology and teen pregnancy), patient and family centered care, water birth, skin-to-skin contact after birth, and breastfeeding. 


General Information

Gender: Female

Practicing Since: 2010

Accepting New Patients: Yes


Practices at

2001 Blaisdell Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Womens Center
6500 Excelsior Blvd.

5th floor
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Family Birth Center
6500 Excelsior Blvd
3rd floor
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Methodist Hospital
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Education & Certifications

Certification: American Midwifery Board Certification

Degree: Masters of Science in Midwifery: University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Certification: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certified

Degree: Post-masters certificate in Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Nursing and Women's Studies

: St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN

Research & Publications

Master's Comprehensive: "Perceived Insufficient Milk Supply and Duration of Breastfeeding". Accepted May, 2008

Presenter of an evidence based practice change at Colorado Midwifery Symposium: "Skin-to-Skin as a Standard of Practice". Presented October, 2009.

Professional Associations & Awards

American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) member since 2006

Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) member since 2002


Nissa has spent over a decade working in women's and children's health. She is a board certified nurse midwife and nurse practitioner with masters degrees from University of Colorado in both the Midwifery and the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner programs. Prior to this, she obtained a bachelors degrees in Nursing and Women's Studies from St. Olaf College. During this time, she also studied health care in India, and two years later, spent the winter volunteering at a children's orphange in Central America.  She launched her RN nursing career right here at Methodist's Family Birth Center in 2000.  In 2004, she moved with her husband to Colorado, where she helped open University of Colorado Hospital's Birth Center while attending graduate school at University of Colorado.  Her midwifery career began with a private practice clinic associated with Littleton Hospital in Colorado.  She is ecstatic to be part of the Park Nicollet system again.  

After eight years in Colorado, Nissa and her husband are happy to be back in Minnesota with family, especially after the birth of their son in 2012 and daughter in 2014 (both at Methodist with the Park Nicollet Midwives).  Her family extends to furry kids--she has adopted a retired greyhound, and has one rambunctious rescued kitty. She loves traveling, animals, live music, and anything outdoors, especially camping and skiing in Colorado, and spending time up north at her cabin.