The Certified Nurse-Midwives at NWWC are dedicated to you and your growing family. The midwifery team strongly believes in relationship-based, compassionate, and individualized care. Midwives honor a few hallmarks, including incorporation of evidence-based care into clinical practice, advocating for informed choice, shared decision-making, the right to bodily autonomy, and empowerment of all persons. NWWC midwives will ensure that your questions are answered and that you feel comfortable and cared for every step of your journey.
We have a hybrid shared model of care, which means that you will have individualized care with one of our midwives for most of your care, but we would like you to meet each one of the NWWC midwives at some point in your pregnancy, so that you have a relationship and a foundation of trust with whomever attends your birth.
If you are interested in seeing one specific midwife for your visits, you are welcome to request them upon making an appointment.
About Certified Nurse Midwives
Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are registered nurses who have completed a graduate program in Midwifery. CNMs are independent providers of health care. We are licensed in the State of Oregon, can write prescriptions, and have admitting privileges to hospitals. CNMs have collaborative relationships with physicians in the event of a medical problem.
As Midwives we are trained to support and manage healthy, “normal” pregnancies and gynecological care. Although we regularly manage medical problems that arise in pregnancy and beyond, we do so within a collaborative relationship with an Obstetrician. Our Obstetricians are trained to manage high-risk medical problems and are trained surgeons.
Services We Provide
Prenatal care, labor and delivery support, and postpartum support
Water birth (available at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital)
Annual gynecological exams and breast exams
Evaluation and treatment of common gynecological problems, menstrual irregularities, menopausal management and referrals for mammograms.
Pregnancy care by the Midwives at Northwest Women’s Clinic generally includes:
Monitoring your physical, psychological & social well-being through the childbearing cycle
Providing individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care
Hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
Minimizing technological interventions
Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
Frequently Asked Questions About NWWC’s Midwifery
Do the midwives perform VBAC deliveries?
We do perform vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), however these services are only performed at Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and are co-managed with a medical doctor within our practice.
What services do the Midwives at NWWC not provide?
We do not provide home birth, however, we can answer questions and perhaps direct you to such services elsewhere in the community.
What is a water birth?
Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Theoretically, since the baby has already been in the amniotic fluid sac for 9 months, birthing into a similar environment can be gentler for the baby. Learn more about water births.
Check out this video “Find Your Midwife”.
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