At many Sutter hospitals, you have the option to choose a certified nurse-midwife. CPMC's certified nurse-midwives partner with you throughout your pregnancy and delivery and can provide comprehensive prenatal care.
CPMC nurse-midwives are board-certified experts in low-risk pregnancy and childbirth. They prioritize building relationships with you and your partner based on trust, care and respect. To maintain their certification, midwives 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 practice independently in many areas, consulting with doctors is an important aspect of a nurse-midwife's job. If you choose 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.
If you have complications during your pregnancy, you may need to receive care from a doctor. Learn more about our high-risk pregnancy services.
Nurse-midwives can also provide care throughout your lifespan: routine gynecological exams and birth control, preconception counseling and peri-menopausal support.