At many Sutter hospitals, you have the option to choose a certified nurse-midwife. Sutter's certified nurse-midwives deliver babies and can provide comprehensive prenatal care throughout your pregnancy.
Nurse-midwives have undergone special training and been certified as experts in pregnancy and childbirth. To maintain their certification, they must adhere to the rigorous practice standards set by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Nurse-midwives work collaboratively with doctors and other healthcare professionals. Although they do practice independently in many areas, consulting with doctors is an important aspect of a nurse-midwife's job. If you elect to have midwifery care during pregnancy, you will benefit from this close relationship between your nurse-midwife and your doctor. Should a problem develop, the nurse-midwife can seamlessly bring in your doctor at any point in your care.
Using a nurse-midwife is generally not an option in high-risk pregnancies. Learn more about our high-risk pregnancy services.