Obstetrics

​Midwifery

​​midwife with patientUW Medicine’s experienced team of certified nurse midwives has delivered thousands of babies. They approach birth as a holistic journey, collaborating with each woman to create a personalized birth plan in keeping with individual values, cultural preferences and medical considerations. Our midwives are based at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center and deliver all their babies at the Northwest’s Childbirth Center.

Midwives are healthcare professionals who specialize in assisting normal, uncomplicated births. Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) are advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) who have earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degrees in nurse-midwifery, and have passed a national certification exam.

Our midwives provide complete care throughout a woman’s pregnancy, including prenatal care, birth and post-partum follow-up. As certified nurse-midwifes, they are authorized to write prescriptions and can order pain medications or epidurals during labor. They also specialize in patient education, providing instruction in mother and infant care, nutrition, exercise, and breast-feeding. They help parents-to-be with family-related issues, introducing siblings to a new baby and learning what to expect during the first few weeks at home with a newborn.

Pregnant mothers typically work with either a midwife or an obstetrician, but not both. Our midwives will refer women with health problems or higher-risk pregnancies to obstetricians, and will often work in partnership with them in the event that a cesare​an birth is needed.

The Midwives Clinic is located near Northwest Hospital’s main campus in the Northwest Outpatient Medical Center, Suite 190, 10330 Meridian Ave. N. For more information, or to make an appointment, call 206.668.6670 or visit nwhospital.org/locations/midwives-clinic​.

For more information visit our Northwest Hospital Childbirth Center page.