Our hospital supports your decision for a natural birth.
Midwives believe that giving birth is a natural, healthy event. They work with mothers-to-be to make pregnancy and birth as natural as possible.
We work with the midwives at Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, a group of certified nurse-midwife professionals. That means they have completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a post-graduate degree in nurse-midwifery practice. Two of our nurse-midwives also specialize in caring for diabetic expectant mothers.
Natural deliveries at California Hospital allow moms-to-be to experience the comfort and control of a traditional birth center, as well as the peace of mind in knowing that medical intervention is readily available if necessary. With a nurse-midwife delivery, moms can have:
Active participation in decision making
A natural childbirth
A shower, if desired, during labor and after delivery
Breastfeeding and bonding support at birth
Freedom to walk, eat and drink while in labor
No routine IV or blood work while in labor
Treatment for pain, if preferred or requested
What Services Do Midwives Provide?
A midwife is a support-partner throughout your pregnancy. She pays close attention to your well-being – your physical, psychological, and social needs – for signs that you need help. She partners with an OB/GYN as needed to ensure that you have an informed team supporting your pregnancy.
Because they are licensed and certified healthcare professionals, our nurse-midwives provide a wide range of services throughout your pregnancy. They:
Counsel your after birth
Deliver your baby at the California Hospital Medical Center
Do gynecological examinations
Monitor your health, including diabetes, after the birth
Provide contraceptive counseling
Provide individualized education about your pregnancy and care needs
Take your medical history
Another skill that makes our nurse-midwives among the best: they have a high success rate in delivering babies by vaginal birth after c-sections (VBAC). Find out more about VBAC deliveries.
For more information on our Maternity Services, please call (213) 742-6083.