Providence understands selecting a provider is a very personal choice, especially when it comes to delivering your children. The relationship created with your care provider throughout your prenatal and delivery experience can last a lifetime. That’s why Providence offers midwifery and obstetrics options to fit your personal care preferences.
Midwifery is a health care profession in which nurse practitioners offer care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labor and birth, and throughout their postpartum period. In addition, many midwives also provide well-woman care related to reproductive health, annual gynecological exams, family planning, and menopausal care.
The midwives' model of care is based on the belief that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. They are nationally certified and licensed by the state. The midwife model of care includes:
- Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- Minimizing technological interventions
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
Midwife services at Providence
Providence offers midwife services at these locations.
All midwives throughout Providence-Oregon are board certified nurse practitioners specially trained and licensed in midwifery.