Midwifery Gives You More Choices for Your Care

Nurse Midwife Jodee Gutierrez, CNM, ARNP, Examining Patient

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, MultiCare Women's Center - Northshore Clinic MultiCare Women's Center - Tacoma, MultiCare Women's Center - Auburn. 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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What does a Certified Nurse-Midwife Offer and How are They Different from an OB/GYN Physician?

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/GYNs have the specialized training to offer that level of care.

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What Training Does a MultiCare Certified Nurse-Midwife Have?

Our Certified Nurse-Midwives are Master’s prepared and licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) who completed additional education and training in women’s health and maternity care. They completed their Master’s degree in Midwifery with a special certification in nurse-midwifery.

For more information about our Nurse-Midwifery services or to schedule an appointment, call the MultiCare women's health provider nearest you.