A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is an advanced nurse practitioner who specializes in pregnancy, birth and postpartum care for healthy, low-risk women and their infants.
The midwives at UC San Diego Health are dedicated to providing personal, one-on-one attention to ensure the birth experience you desire. They believe that birth is a natural and normal process and encourage you to have control over your experience. In addition to supporting you through your pregnancy and birth, our midwives also offer well-woman care and family planning.
Our midwives have delivered over 12,000 babies and handle one-third of all births at UC San Diego Health.
Respecting Your Birth Choices
If you choose to receive prenatal care from a midwife, you can deliver your baby in La Jolla or Hillcrest, and in a traditional Labor & Delivery environment, with an epidural if desired, or in our hospital Birth Centers, which offer a natural childbirth experience with minimal medical intervention.
Personal and Professional Care
Our midwives work in collaboration with physicians and perinatal specialists to ensure a high level of safety during pregnancy, labor and delivery. They believe in emphasizing education and involving you in your own care. Most importantly, they encourage family involvement and fully respect your privacy and your decisions.
Accredited and Certified CNMs
All of UC San Diego Health's CNMs are registered nurses and have graduated from a master's-level, specialized nurse-midwifery program. They are accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), have passed a national certification exam, and have met strict requirements set by state health agencies.
Free Event: Meet the Maternity Team
Tour our facilities, attend a presentation, meet physicians and midwives and ask questions at our free monthly event. See dates, times, and locations on our