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Midwife Care

Safe, Holistic Prenatal Care and Natural Birth Experience

At BCH, you have the option to choose a certified nurse-midwife to be at your side from the time you start trying to conceive and until after your baby is born. They focus on providing you and your family with comprehensive, high-quality prenatal care and an empowering birth experience with deliveries in the Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital or at The Birth Center of Boulder.

Is Midwifery Care Right for You?

While obstetrician-gynecologists remain the go-to professionals for pregnancy care and delivery in the United States, midwives are growing in popularity. In fact, nearly 1 in 10 births today are attended by a midwife. But is a midwife right for you?

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are advanced practitioners with graduate education in women’s health care and midwifery. They focus on each woman’s unique maternity experience and embrace holistic approaches, which can include alternative and complementary therapies. Their empowering model of care is also more of shared decision-making, with the midwife educating and supporting you both emotionally and physically — from pre-pregnancy and childbirth to post-delivery.

Are you a candidate for midwifery prenatal and childbirth care?

Not all moms-to-be are good candidates for midwifery care. It is a good option if:

  • You have no major complications during pregnancy. The conventional obstetrician route is best for high-risk pregnancies or deliveries.
  • You want childbirth to be as natural as possible and aim to receive very little medical intervention when labor is progressing normally.

Personal, Collaborative Relationships

Whether you choose to have midwifery care with Foothills Community Midwives or at The Birth Center of Boulder, you’ll benefit from a close, personal relationship and safe, compassionate services. Our highly skilled midwives take the time to get to know you and will listen to your goals and concerns, ensuring you’re well supported emotionally and physically.

During labor, your midwife will assist you in delivering your baby as naturally as possible, offering comfort and support with stress-relieving holistic therapies, hands-on adjustment and minimized medical intervention. They will continue to care for you while adapting to motherhood, offering both postpartum care and support with infant feeding.

BCH midwives also have a close, collaborative relationship with the obstetricians at Boulder Women’s Care, who are available 24/7 if any midwife mom-to-be develops a serious medical concern during pregnancy or labor and delivery. All share the same commitment to helping you have a safe, happy and healthy pregnancy and the best birth experience.

Foothills Community Midwives: Childbirth at Foothills Hospital

BCH’s Foothills Community Midwives help expecting moms and families create empowering birth experiences in the comfort and safety of a hospital setting, with deliveries in the Family Birth Center at Foothills Hospital. Spacious rooms offer inspiring mountain views, queen-size beds and oversized hydrotherapy tubs. During labor, a midwife will assist you in delivering your baby as naturally as possible, offering comfort and support with stress-relieving holistic therapies and hands-on adjustments.

When the big moment comes, you will receive very little medical intervention if labor is progressing normally. All the while, you can rest assured that an obstetrician is on-call and our home-like Special Care Nursery right onsite, should extra medical care be required.

Foothills Community Midwives offers the following services:

  • Comprehensive prenatal care for low-risk and moderate-risk pregnancies and births (e.g., pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, vaginal birth after cesarean)
  • Labor and delivery care in the safety of a hospital
  • Pain management options from alternative and complementary therapies to epidural
  • Postpartum (after birth) care
  • Infant feeding support

Meet Our Foothills Community Midwives Team

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From left to right: Certified Nurse-Midwives Marcie Mullins, Paige Swales and Martine Tesone.

Take a Virtual Tour: Peek inside our Family Birth Center. Every element is designed to make bringing your new baby into the world as special as possible.

See our Birth Plan Guide. A birth plan is a valuable tool for communicating your desires for your labor, delivery and post-partum time with your care team.

The Birth Center of Boulder: Out-of-Hospital Childbirth Experience

If you don’t want the clinical atmosphere of a hospital for childbirth but still want midwifery care, consider our accredited freestanding birth center—The Birth Center of Boulder.

Certified nurse-midwives at The Birth Center of Boulder offer the following services:

  • Comprehensive prenatal care for low-risk pregnancies and births
  • Labor and delivery care
  • Postpartum (after birth) care
  • Laboratory services: in-house lab draws
  • Obstetric ultrasounds: dating/viability, fetal position and amniotic fluid
  • Infant feeding support
  • Waterbirths as an option

Please call us at 303 443-3993 to schedule a tour.

Schedule an Appointment

Foothills Community Midwives see patients at offices located in Erie Medical Center and within Foothills Medical Building in Boulder. To schedule an appointment please call 303-415-4045.

The Birth Center of Boulder sees patients at its freestanding facility located at 2800 Folsom St. in Boulder. To schedule an appointment please call 303 443-3993.

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