Midwives believe that giving birth is a natural, healthy event. They work with mothers-to-be to make pregnancy and birth as natural as possible. Our midwives are all certified nurse-midwife (CNM) professionals. That means they have completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a post-graduate degree in nurse-midwifery practice. They then had to pass a national certification examination to become certified as midwives. Three of our nurse-midwives also specialize in caring for diabetic expectant mothers.
What Services Do Midwives Provide?
A midwife is a support-partner throughout your pregnancy. She pays close attention to your well-being – your physical, psychological, and social needs – for signs that you need help. She partners with an OB/GYN as needed to ensure that you have an informed team supporting your pregnancy.
Because they are licensed and certified healthcare professionals, our nurse-midwives provide a wide range of services throughout your pregnancy. They:
- Take your medical history
- Do gynecological examinations
- Write prescriptions
- Provide individualized education about your pregnancy and care needs
- Deliver your baby at the California Hospital Medical Center
- Counsel you after the birth
- Provide contraceptive counseling
- Monitor your health, including diabetes, after the birth
Another skill that makes our nurse-midwives among the best: they have a high success rate in delivering babies by vaginal birth after c-sections (VBAC). Find out more about VBAC deliveries.
- Get answers to the questions EPFMC nurse-midwives are asked most often by patients.
- Learn about our CenteringPregnancy® Program, a unique prenatal education service also led by our nurse-midwives.
Vaginal Birth after C-section
We offer a VBAC class as part of our Prenatal Classes series.
Learn more about VBAC services.
|VBAC Prenatal Class
Find out what you will learn in our VBAC class.