Women’s Obstetrics | Midwifery

What is a Midwife?

Certified nurse-Midwives are professional health care providers who are licensed as both a registered nurse and a midwife. In the state of Oregon they are masters degree prepared Nurse Practitioners with a speciality in midwifery. They practice in all 50 states and are licensed both nationally and at the state level.Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) have been practicing in Oregon for over 30 years! In the year 2003, Certified Nurse-Midwives delivered 6,721 babies in Oregon which is 14.4% of all deliveries for that year.

Certified Nurse-Midwives provide the following services:

  • Annual Gynecology Visits
  • Treatment of Women’s Gynecology Concerns
  • Contraceptive Counseling & Management
  • Breast Exams & Education
  • Menopausal Care & Treatment of Symptoms
  • Holistic Prenatal Care and Education
  • Caring & Professional Support during Labor
  • Delivery of Babies whether they be at Home, in a Birth Center or at a Hospital

The midwives at SWFP deliver exclusively at local hospitals. We offer:

  • Newborn Care including
  • Breastfeeding Support & Instruction
  • Postpartum Care & Support for your family


As your pregnancy progresses you will come to know each of our providers by rotating your prenatal visits around to each. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable with and know all of the providers that could be at your birth (many practices have 8-12 providers and patients often get delivered by a different provider than they have come to know).

We currently attend births at Providence St Vincent’s and Legacy Meridian Park Hospitals. We have a great working relationship with our obstetric specialists whom we may call at any time for emergencies. We do not perform Cesarean sections ourselves, but in the event that you need this procedure we would remain involved in your care as the assistant to the obstetrician. Also, we would still take care of your well newborn and we would remain with you for the duration of your delivery.

In the hospital environment we offer low intervention births but have access to and readily employ any technology that may be medically indicated. We support women choosing to have unmedicated labors as well as those choosing to have epidural or medical pain relief.

After you deliver your baby we will provide breastfeeding support and see both you and your baby back in the clinic a few days after delivery. The midwives provide newborn care up to 2 weeks of age, thereafter you are welcome to continue pediatric care with one of the other Family Practice providers who are part of the clinic.

Please let us know if you would like to just come in and meet with us. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about our obstetric/midwifery service, free of charge.


Southwest Family Physicians, a place where excellent family care begins before, then continues through your pregnancy and beyond! We believe in safe, supportive labor and delivery and we can provide ongoing health care both for you and your new baby as well as for the rest of your growing family. From our Full Maternity, Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Care – through our Lactation or Breast Feeding support and our years of pediatric experience – we have a true FAMILY practice at Southwest Family Physicians. If you’re pregnant and would like to meet one of our pregnancy providers, you’re invited to schedule an introductory interview visit, at no charge.