who care

We are committed to enhancing your family’s experience by involving you in the entire range of care. Our team is comprised of Registered Nurses who have completed a Master’s level program in Nurse-Midwifery.  We are specialists in normal childbirth and we were the first to offer these services in Tucson.  We have delivered over 16,000 babies and look forward to attending you during the delivery of your child.

Welcome to a more natural and individualized approach. We invite you to learn more below.

A Certified Nurse-Midwife is a specialist in normal childbirth. We are Registered Nurses who have completed a Master’s level program in Nurse-Midwifery. We are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and licensed in the State of Arizona.

The El Rio Nurse-Midwifery Service was one of the first of its kind in Tucson. More than 16,000 babies have been born with the Midwives. El Rio’s Certified Nurse-Midwives are specialists in normal childbirth and we provide prenatal care, hands-on care during childbirth, and postpartum care.

Health care for women and childbearing families is provided by Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM’s). Our clients give birth at Tucson Medical Center, in modern birthing rooms.

Philosophy of Care

The CNM’s of El Rio share the belief that women are entitled to safe, satisfying health care, and that pregnancy and childbirth are healthy, normal experiences. Childbirth can be one of the most creative, exciting times life has to offer. We are committed to enhancing your family’s experience by involving you in the entire range of care. We believe in forming a “team” with our clients, with the goal of achieving a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Prenatal Care

The El Rio CNM’s provide regular checks of mother and baby. This includes office visits, sonograms, laboratory tests and prescriptions for vitamins and medications, if needed. We offer education and counseling regarding the many physical and emotional changes of pregnancy and are available to discuss questions and concerns. Family members are always welcome.

Labor and Birth

We encourage all pregnant clients to develop a “birth plan” that is both personal and flexible. Part of a good birth plan is choosing a person(s) who can provide the emotional and physical support you need during this special time.

When a woman is admitted to TMC in labor, the CNM stays with her as much as needed, to provide support and guidance throughout the labor and birth process. We offer natural methods of support for the woman who desires a non-medicated birthing experience, as well as medication for the woman who chooses it.

We are experienced in recognizing and managing complications and have the help of physicians available if needed.

Postpartum Care

During your hospital stay following the delivery of your child, the CNM continues to provide care and teaching. Your baby will be seen by a pediatrician in the hospital and follow-up visits will be arranged. Your care includes a postpartum checkup, at which time the CNM will provide a family planning method, if desired.

Well Woman Care

Women who are not pregnant can come to the El Rio CNM’s for routine gynecological care, including annual exams, pap tests, breast exams and treatment of minor problems. We provide a wide choice of birth control methods, as well as pre-pregnancy counseling. We offer education on how to stay healthy now and in the future.

Midwifery Locations

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