What is a Midwife?

The term midwife means “with woman.”

Midwives are health professionals trained to provide prenatal care, care during labor and delivery, after birth care, care of the newborn, and women’s health care through their lifespan, from adolescence to menopause.

Midwives have been “with women” since the beginning of time and can be found practicing in all countries.

Midwives are trained to care for normal, healthy women and view pregnancy as a normal physiological stage.

They strive to help women have a healthy pregnancy and birth through education about their bodies and how to maximize their health during pregnancy.

Midwifery care is focused on supporting what is normal and minimizing unnecessary interventions.

Midwifery care is woman-centered; our goal is to ensure that each woman has the birth experience she desires, whatever that means to her.


What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?

In the state of Washington, there are two kinds of midwives: certified nurse-midwives and licensed midwives.

The midwives at EvergreenHealth Midwifery Care are certified nurse-midwives. 

A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is someone who has successfully completed a university-affiliated accredited nurse-midwifery program (with a dual degree in nursing and midwifery), and passed the national certification exam.

They focus on women’s health, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care.

CNMs can attend deliveries in hospitals, birth centers, and homes, but 97% of births attended by CNMs occur in a hospital setting.

Nurse-midwives have prescriptive authority in all 50 states. In Washington, CNMs are independent health care providers who work in collaborative relationships with obstetricians, should complications arise.


Meet a Midwife

This 30-minute session will introduce you to the unique, personalized birthing experience offered by EvergreenHealth Midwifery Care.

Our hospital-based midwives provide high quality, low-intervention care in the safe and welcoming environment of the Family Maternity Center.

Note: does not include a tour of the maternity center.

Available dates and online registration