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Ask an expert: Considering a midwife?

Midwives have facilitated childbirth for thousands of years and are a vital part of today’s modern health care delivery system. Yet many women are surprised to learn that they can choose a certified nurse-midwife and still have their baby in a hospital – with or without epidurals and other modern comforts.

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How Do I enroll my child in my health insurance?

Within 30 days after your baby’s birth, you will be required to separately enroll your baby in an insurance plan.

Postpartum Guide

The postpartum time brings many physical and emotional changes. This guide will help answer questions about the changes in your body and about your postpartum care. It is not meant as a substitute for professional medical care. If you have questions or concerns, be sure to talk with your doctor, nurse midwife or family maternity nurse.

Postpartum Guide (En espanol)

El tiempo posparto trae consigo muchos cambios tanto físicos como emocionales. La presente guía le ayudará a contestar preguntas sobre dichos cambios en su cuerpo así como de su atención posparto. 

Prenatal appointment schedule for Portland midwife clinic

We care for you throughout your pregnancy. Click here to view the schedule for your prenatal visits with Providence Maternal Care Clinic.

Providence Maternal Care Clinic Patient Guide

Links to all of our Providence Maternal Care Clinic Patient Guide content by section

Preparing for your delivery: Resources for new mothers and families

Ready to have your baby? Here's everything you'll need to prepare for delivery at a Providence hospital or medical center.

Maternity Welcome Guide

Congratulations! This is a very exciting time in your life. To help with your questions, this booklet will give information Providence services, childbirth and parenting classes, tips on selecting a physician for your baby, information on our breastfeeding clinics and more.

Signs and Symptoms of Labor

Labor may occur as much as two weeks before or after your due date. This is normal. Your body has ways of telling you that it is preparing for labor.

Welcome guide – What to expect when delivering at Providence

It's natural to have questions about childbirth. Here is a list of frequently asked questions about delivering at Providence.

Childbirth education classes

Learn about the different classes and groups available to you, such as childbirth preparation, breastfeeding preparation, infant CPR and new moms' groups.

Baby’s feeding cues

How to know if your baby is hungry.

Breastfeeding guide: The first 72 hours

Breastfeeding may be natural, but it's not always easy. To help mothers provide the best nutrition for their newborns, Providence Health & Services offers these recommendations.

Bringing baby home: Instructions for home care

Congratulations on your new baby! We've put together a list of helpful information and links to access Providence postpartum care services.

All About Your Newborn booklet (En espanol)

Es emocionante cuando llega el día de llevar a su recién nacido a casa – y quizá también sea motivo de un poco de inquietud. Durante los días y meses venideros se le van a ocurrir muchas preguntas. Este librito contiene mucha información pero no se ha preparado a manera de sustituto de la atención médica profesional. Si le surgen preguntas o inquietudes, consulte a su proveedor.

All About Your Newborn booklet

The day you take your newborn home is exciting – and probably a little scary. You’ll have lots of questions during the days and months ahead. This booklet contains a lot of information, but it is not meant as a substitute for professional medical care. If you have questions or concerns, talk with your care provider.

Newborn heart screening

 Pulse oximetry newborn screening can identify some infants with a heart defect before they show symptoms. Once identified, babies can be seen by cardiologists and can receive specialized care and treatment.

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Providence midwives pair traditional practices with technology

Midwifery has long been an option for women wanting to deliver their babies with minimal medical intervention. Providence Health & Services has paired the personal support of midwifery with the modern comforts of a hospital since 1993.

Quick facts about Providence Maternal Care Clinic

Providence Maternal Care Clinic has been providing midwife care for the last 20 years. Here are some other interesting facts about this unique clinic:

  • Seven nurse-midwives are on staff; all are board-certified, licensed nurse practitioners.
  • The clinic also has eight board-certified OB/GYNs on staff: one medical director and seven back-up physicians.
  • All women who see midwives at the clinic give birth at Providence Portland Medical Center; providers at the clinic do not attend home births.
  • The team performs between 40 and 45 births each month.
  • The wait time for a new-client appointment is less than two weeks.
  • A person interested in partnering with the clinic can schedule a free same-day or next-day consult to visit the practice, meet the staff and learn more about the clinic’s model of care.
  • Every woman who is a client of the clinic has a midwife with her in labor and at the birth of her child.
  • The clinic offers annual exams and gynecology services to all women.
  • The staff supports a multilingual, multicultural clientele.

Medications that are Safe During Pregnancy

Women who are between four and 12 weeks pregnant may safely take the following over-the-counter medications. Follow all directions on the container for adult dosage and usage instructions.

Tapping into maternal instincts: Empowering women through midwifery

As a pregnant woman, you have options. You can see an obstetrician, a family medicine doctor or a midwife for pregnancy care. Sometimes, you may see a combination. So, how do you decide which choice is right for you? Lisa Chickadonz, a nurse-midwife with Providence Maternal Care Clinic, is a great source of perspective on the midwife experience. 

Recommended Resource

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Pregnancy and parenting, every step of the way. 

Oregon Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids is a health coverage program for uninsured Oregon kids and teens.

MyMidWife.org

The American College of Nurse-Midwives website provides information and personal stories about midwives and midwifery care available to women.

Child safety seat resource center

The Transportation Safety Division offers a variety of free brochures, flyers, posters, and other educational materials to the public upon request.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding (Spanish)

Este folleto le proporcionará información básica para facilitarle a usted y a  su bebé el proceso de la lactancia. Usted aprenderá sobre:
  • los beneficios de la lactancia para la madre, el padre y la sociedad
  • respuestas a preguntas frecuentes sobre la lactancia
  • qué hacer para ayudar a que la lactancia tenga un buen inicio
  • por qué la lactancia materna es un asunto de salud pública y qué se está
  • haciendo para promoverla y protegerla
  • por qué debería hablar acerca de la lactancia con su médico o proveedor de servicios de salud y el pediatra de su bebé
  • dónde encontrar ayuda para la lactancia, y
  • qué preguntas acerca de la lactancia hacer durante su próxima visita al médico