Some women choose to use a midwife to aid in their pregnancy. Midwives are known for their patience and empathy, and for providing one-on-one emotional and educational support. A certified nurse-midwife is an advanced nurse-practitioner.
All certified nurse-midwives at Scripps are:
- Registered nurses
- Graduates of a master’s level nurse-midwifery program
- Accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives
- Have passed a rigorous national certification exam
- Have met strict requirements established by state health agencies
Certified nurse-midwives are available only at Scripps hospitals. They do not work at the physician offices.
A certified nurse-midwife does not replace your physician. Instead, she works with your obstetrician and any other specialists involved in your care. All midwives at Scripps hospitals work alongside the on-call Scripps obstetricians so that physician services are readily available in the event of a medical emergency.
By offering the support and care of a midwife along with the resources of a hospital-based birth, this collaboration further enhances the high-quality care you receive at Scripps.
If you decide midwifery care is right for you, your certified nurse-midwife will partner with you throughout childbirth, including vaginal, cesarean and VBAC deliveries. In addition to assisting with delivery, your midwife will share information and answer questions, and check in on you after you’ve given birth.
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about the midwife program at Scripps.