At MultiCare, we are committed to providing women with choices for the kind of prenatal, childbirth and gynecological care they really want. We've expanded our OB/GYN services to include nurse-midwifery services with a more personalized, holistic approach to childbirth and women’s health care.
Currently, our nurse-midwifery services are offered at MultiCare Women's Health & Wellness Center at Gig Harbor and MultiCare Women's Center - Northshore Clinic. Today you can choose to be seen by an OB/GYN or a Certified Nurse-Midwife who collaborate and see patients within the same practice.
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Our Certified Nurse-Midwives offer women a more tailored, holistic approach to labor and delivery, within the security and safety of a fully equipped hospital setting. Like an OB/GYN physician, they perform deliveries for women who choose to not use pain medication and epidurals, as well as those who do. They also provide family planning, contraceptive options and menopause management.
Unlike an OB/GYN physician, however, our Certified Nurse-Midwives do not provide care for women with high-risk pregnancies, nor do they perform caesarean sections or vaginal births after caesarean sections (VBACs). Only OB/GYN’s have the specialized training to offer that level of care.