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.
Women can receive Providence’s midwifery services at Providence Maternal Care Clinic
in Portland. Providence has only certified nurse-midwives, meaning they are nurses with master’s or doctoral degrees in science or nursing.
, midwife and clinical supervisor at Providence Maternal Care Clinic, says most women choose to use a midwife because they want one-on-one care before, during and after the baby is born. “We honor the individual choices of women and work to help them have a healthy pregnancy, including labor, delivery and postpartum care,” Linda says. “It gives them a feeling of having control over their own experience.”
Women can look forward to having a certified nurse-midwife support their hospital delivery. The midwives are trained to know when medical procedures like cesarean sections are necessary, and partner with obstetricians in case patients need more specialized treatment. “Midwives approach pregnancy as a condition of wellness,” Linda says. “They are very flexible and accommodating to whatever sort of birth experience a woman wants.”