For more than a quarter century, midwives have provided compassionate, comprehensive maternity care at The Vancouver Clinic. As companions, they are with you throughout your journey toward motherhood, bringing respect, diligence, and expertise to your experience. A certified nurse midwife is your birth advocate—hands that hold you when you need them, eyes that see you, and ears that truly hear.
Here, Midwifery care occurs within our OB/GYN Department. When necessary, our midwives work alongside board-certified obstetricians to bring you the best of ancient wisdom and modern care.
Our midwives also provide instruction in mother and infant care, nutrition, exercise, and breast- feeding, and offer advice on family-related issues as well, from birth control, to introducing siblings to your new baby, to helping you understand what you can expect in the first days, weeks and months with your newborn. Visit our CenteringPregnancy page to learn more about our collaborative care model for mothers-to-be.
The Vancouver Clinic midwives are registered nurses (R.N.), and each has earned an advanced degree in nursing (M.S.N.), a two-year program with strong emphasis on clinical training in midwifery. They are licensed through the State of Washington Board of Nursing and must have passed the national certification examination of the American College of Nurse-Midwives to be a certified nurse- midwife (C.N.M.).
Yes. However, if you are planning “natural” childbirth, a midwife can help you obtain your goal. Assisting in natural childbirth is one of our strengths, our primary goal is to help you make informed choices.
Our midwives care for women “throughout your life time.” In fact, the word midwife means “with women.” We will see women from the start of adulthood through menopause and beyond. Of course, we love caring for pregnant women, and provide high level care in the clinic and hospital before, during and after pregnancy including labor and delivery.
We work collaboratively with OB/GYN and perinatologists as needed.
Birthing a baby is perhaps one of the most powerful experiences a woman will ever go through, no matter how or where you choose to birth. Our midwives are with you during this transformative moment in time. You can expect them to respect and honor your birthing decisions made along the way, to guide you when confusion persists, and to support you diligently before and after your baby arrives.