Kirbi Zahner

Image of OB/GYN patient Kirbi Zahner, whose placenta previa was treated by her midwife and a partner OBGYN at EvergreenHealth Maternity Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.Diagnosis:  Placenta previa

Treatment:  C-section delivery

Teamwork Creates a Safe and Seamless Experience for Expecting Moms

A collegial relationship between EvergreenHealth Midwifery Care and Obstetrics & Gynecology Care helps ensure a smooth delivery.

When Sultan resident Kirbi Zahner found out she was pregnant with her first child, she and her husband began researching options for prenatal care that would be the best fit for her family.

She chose EvergreenHealth Midwifery Care for its focus on providing one-on-one care in labor in a setting that has one of the area’s best reputations for positive childbirth experiences.

“We wanted a personalized experience and had heard praise for deliveries at EvergreenHealth’s Family Maternity Center,” Zahner described.


Under the midwives’ care, a routine 20-week ultrasound found an abnormality with the position of Zahner’s placenta – it was blocking the opening of Zahner’s uterus, a complication known as placenta previa.

“Because of the placenta previa, a vaginal birth wouldn’t be recommended for her, and we referred her to EvergreenHealth Obstetrics & Gynecology Care, Coral to coordinate a Cesarean birth,” said Miranda Hastings, CNM, ARNP, one of Zahner’s certified nurse midwives with EvergreenHealth Midwifery Care.

Located just two floors away from the midwives’ practice, EvergreenHealth’s OB/GYN practice was briefed on Zahner’s history and was ready to welcome her.

“We met Kirbi and made a plan for a safe C-section delivery,” said Dr. Stephen Hyde, an OB/GYN at EvergreenHealth. “You don’t always know when pregnancy complications are going to happen, but thanks to our relationship with the midwifery care team we were closely looped into her issue and were able to have a successful delivery.”


With her midwife present for the delivery and Dr. Hyde leading the surgery, Zahner describes the experience as having the best of both worlds.

She was able to continue seeing the midwives for her prenatal care while they worked collaboratively with the back-up physician team to provide the safest, highest quality care.

“We strive to provide a true continuity of care so the patient receives a seamless experience and Kirbi’s delivery is a perfect example of how we achieve the best results when we work together,” Hastings said

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