Midwives, doulas take center stage as Providence develops team approach to pregnancy care

February 13, 2015

The first thing they should do, they're told, is call the midwife.

Eleven expectant mothers and fathers are sitting in a circle inside the Providence Maternal Care Clinic along with four Providence employees: two doulas, a nurse-midwife and a patient navigator. Together, they're going over what the women and their partners should do when they suspect they've gone into labor.

"The first person you talk to is your midwife," says Jesse Remer, one of five doulas at the clinic. She tells the parents-to-be about the triage room where they'll go when they arrive at Providence Portland Medical Center. She assures them that once labor is confirmed, the doulas will be notified and "we'll be there in a couple of minutes."

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