Providence Midwifery - Mill Creek Commons
Providence Midwifery - Mill Creek Commons
The certified nurse midwives of Providence Medical Group serve a growing number of expectant moms seeking the supportive, low-intervention childbirth philosophy we practice. We provide both well-woman care and midwifery childbirth services (pregnancy, labor and delivery).
Our midwives are registered nurses who have completed an accredited training program and are nationally certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. For backup and support with complicated obstetric cases, our midwives work closely with the medical doctors of Providence Medical Group Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the maternal fetal medicine staff at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
- Family planning counseling
- Breastfeeding support
- Well woman
- Gynecological issues
- Centering Pregnancy, a nationally recognized model of group prenatal care that encourages active participation and community support by connecting families expecting babies at the same time.
- The lowest cesarean rate nationally for a practice of this size. Awarded by American College of Nurse Midwives for nine years in a row. Our cesarean rate is 7-8 percent of births, year after year. Nationally cesarean rates are more than 30 percent.
- An innovative partnership with out-of-hospital midwives ensures safe transitions, when needed, to the hospital from home or external birth centers. This is done in a manner that ensures safety and promotes continuity of care.
- Coming soon: a medication-assisted treatment program for patients with substance abuse disorders, to help keep moms clean and on the path to recovery.
Midwives are the experts at providing holistic, patient-centered and evidence-based care for low-to-moderate risk women throughout their pregnancy and postpartum periods. The term midwife means “with woman.” Midwives have been “with women” since the beginning of time and can be found practicing in all countries.
Midwives are trained to care for normal, healthy women and view pregnancy as a normal physiological stage. They help women have a healthy pregnancy and birth by providing education about their bodies. Midwifery care is focused on supporting what is normal and minimizing unnecessary interventions.
Midwifery care is woman-centered; our goal is to ensure that each woman has the birth experience she desires, whatever that means to her.
A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is someone who has successfully completed a university-affiliated accredited nurse-midwifery program (with a dual degree in nursing and midwifery), and passed the national certification exam. CNMs can attend deliveries in hospitals, birth centers, and homes, but 97 percent of births attended by CNMs occur in a hospital setting.
Nurse-midwives have prescriptive authority in all 50 states. In Washington, CNMs are independent health care providers who work in collaborative relationships with obstetricians, should complications arise.
When you arrive, you’ll check in and present your photo ID and insurance card.
Then, a certified nurse midwife will go over your medical history and perform a complete physical examination. Together, you’ll discuss your birthing plan and whether you prefer having natural childbirth or using pain medication. We’re always happy to answer questions. And, we encourage your family to participate during every step of your pregnancy.
You’ll deliver your baby in the Family Maternity Center in the Pavilion for Women and Children at Providence Regional, Pacific Campus. This comfortable, home-like setting is where families experience the entire process – labor, birth and recovery – in a private birthing suite designed with your comfort in mind.
Your certified nurse midwife will be with you in your suite, encouraging you and helping you cope with discomfort. After your baby is delivered, your nurse midwife stays close by to check on you.
Take a free, 30-minute guided tour of the Providence Family Maternity Center at the Pavilion for Women and Children.
How to Register for a Free Tour (pre-registration is required)
- Register by calling 425-304-6047
- Ask your prenatal care provider for a registration form
The most common misconception is that midwives only attend home births. The truth is certified midwives also practice in many different settings including hospitals, medical offices, free standing birth centers, clinics, and other private settings. Most hospitals in the United States offer in-house midwifery services. Many women who choose a midwife for their care opt to deliver their baby in a hospital. In fact, 95 percent of births attended by midwives were in a hospital setting.
Midwives have expert knowledge and skill in caring for women throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. But they do much more. Midwives can offer health services to women through all stages of life – from the teenage years until menopause. They provide general health check-ups, screenings, vaccinations, well-woman gynecologic care, and family planning counseling.
Certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives hold master’s degrees and must pass national certification exams. Some also continue to advance their training, gaining the skills to be the surgical first assistant during Cesarean sections, perform frenotomies, and perform ultrasound exams.
Midwives work with all members of the health care team, including nurses, physicians, physical therapists, and social service agencies. They also work with obstetricians/gynecologists, the experts for high risk pregnancies, complicated medical problems, and surgeries. In these cases, midwives can work closely with experts and assure their patients that a specialist is available should a high risk condition develop. The goal is to ensure that each woman receives the right care for her individual needs.
Midwives are experts in helping women cope with labor. They can explain pain relief options and help women develop a birth plan that fits specific needs and desires. Whether it is relaxation techniques or movement during labor, intravenous medication, nitrous oxide inhalation, or an epidural, the midwife’s goal is to support each woman’s approach to birth.
The most rewarding part of being a midwife is the honor and privilege to be with a woman during one of the most important moments of her life: the birth of her baby. To share in the excitement of hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, the journey through pregnancy, and the magic of childbirth. Every woman’s journey is unique, and it is the duty of the midwife to guide her safely to her new role as a mother.
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