Search for your doctor or find doctors accepting new patients.
Find out about our hospital visiting hours and policies.
Log In to MyUCSDChart to access your medical information
Find out about our academic nursing program.
Midwives are health care professionals who provide care for women throughout the lifespan, often with a particular focus on the childbearing years. All midwives at UC San Diego Health System are certified nurse-midwives, registered nurses with advanced training in obstetrical and gynecological care. Rita Wagner, a midwife at UC San Diego's Birth Center, joins this unique Patient Power program to help listeners understand the benefit of having a midwife during childbearing years and beyond. Loralyn Cross, one of Rita’s patients, joins the hour to share her intimate experience of delivering a healthy baby girl, with her midwife, Rita, by her side.
Loralyn, a 27-year-old mother from Tierrasanta, California, describes her experience of giving birth at the Birth Center in May of 2009. Loralyn delivered a beautiful baby girl named Aurora. Experiencing birth and all the emotion that accompanies this time in a woman's life was all Loralyn wanted to experience. After seeking care from another medical center, Loralyn decided she wanted a more personalized approach to care. After switching to UC San Diego about halfway through her pregnancy, Loralyn decided she wanted to have Aurora in the Birth Center. Loralyn describes her family as “sort” of a UC San Diego family; she also works as an administrative specialist for the Dean's Office in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Read or listen to more of Loralyn’s story and learn how this experience forever changed her and her family.
Nurse Rita talks about prenatal care received from midwives and standards of care that doctors and midwives use throughout the country. She also talks about what makes midwifery care unique, the individual attention given to each patient, their concerns, and their expectations throughout the pregnancy and birth.
In eight years, the UC San Diego midwives have attended over 8,000 births, more than one-third of all the babies born in the facility. If you are thinking about having a child, learn how places like the Birth Center are providing home-like settings for expectant mothers and sharing a common philosophy of family-centered, woman-centered care for families.
Read Loralyn Cross's birth story
Listen to the Audio Program (you will be taken to the Patient Power website)
Official Web Site of the University of California, San Diego.