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As the only program of its kind in Cleveland, the Division of Nurse-Midwifery at University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital offers personalized midwifery care with the support of academic affiliate Case Western Reserve University. Our patients receive care from 13 certified nurse-midwives and one women’s health nurse practitioner. As members of the faculty practice in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, we hold dual academic appointments at both Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and in the Department of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
The Division of Nurse-Midwifery serves not only expectant mothers, but also provides comprehensive well-woman care at all stages of life. Our services include annual exams, preventative services including mammograms and pap tests, discussing and prescribing birth control, and providing perimenopausal and postmenopausal care.
Our division provides women with the best of both worlds — highly personalized health care with evidence-based medicine. Using a multidisciplinary approach, we work closely with obstetricians, gynecologists and the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital to ensure a safe, healthy and positive experience for every pregnancy and birth.
As the largest, most experienced midwifery division in the Cleveland area, we have the greatest volume of births. In 2012, our nurse–midwives attended over 1,000 vaginal births and our primary cesarean section rate was only 9.5 percent. Our division also supports vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC), and in 2012 our patients attempting VBAC experienced a successful vaginal birth 71 percent of the time. Both of these statistics are significantly better than the national averages.
Along with traditional outpatient services, the Division of Nurse-Midwifery takes a personalized approach to pregnancy and birth. We offer unique services like CenteringPregnancy® and water birth in order to improve patients’ pregnancies and birth experiences. From having family members present for the birth of the baby, to guiding each patient’s journey through a water birth, we tailor the birth experience to the patient’s individual needs and preferences.
UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital labor and delivery rooms are just steps away from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s world-renowned Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – ranked No. 4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our patients have direct access to UH Rainbow neonatologists and pediatric specialists should the need arise for a higher level of neonatal or pediatric care.
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