El Rio Certified Nurse-Midwives provide high quality care for women through every stage of their life.
A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is a specialist educated and trained in normal pregnancy and childbirth, family planning and preventative women’s health care. CNMs’ are Registered Nurses who have completed an accredited Master’s level program in Nurse-Midwifery.
CNMs are independent providers certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, licensed in the State of Arizona, with the privilege to prescribe medications and admit women to the hospital. Midwives work in collaboration with physicians and other providers to provide safe, high quality care.
Our Philosophy of Care
Midwifery is an ancient profession, assisting and guiding women in childbearing. Midwife is defined as “with woman.” In many nations, worldwide, women turn to midwives as their standard of care for reproductive health needs.
Modern CNMs are highly skilled professionals who believe that pregnancy is a natural, normal event in the life of a family. Our model of care is holistic focusing on wellness, education and prevention. We know every family we care for is unique and we take the time to listen, discuss choices and answer questions to understand each one. We take pride in creating positive, empowering experiences for women and their families.
Midwifery Health Center Locations:
Congress Health Center
For more than 40 years, the Congress midwives have lovingly cared for women and babies in Tucson. All of the CNMs are female providers and specialize in sensitive reproductive health care providing prenatal care, hospital birth, and gynecology care to women of all ages. Congress CNMs care for and support women through their labor and delivery at Tucson Medical Center.
Congress Health Center Midwives offer:
Well-Woman care, CenteringPregnancy, additional services include STD testing, birth control, family planning.
The CNMs and staff at our Congress Health Center would like to meet you. Call to make an appointment today at 520-670-3909520-670-3909
Birth and Women’s Health Center (BWHC)
For more than 35 years, the Birth Center has been providing Southern Arizona families an option for out of hospital birth. We are a health clinic and accredited* freestanding birth center offering safe, gentle gynecological care for women of all ages. At the BWHC, the CNMs offer one-on-one, specialized care in natural childbirth, and support women in all the pain relief options available to them if desired. Women have the option of delivering at Tucson Medical Center or in our comfortable, homelike birthing rooms. The birth center offers an intimate and empowering environment for women and their families to make informed personal decisions regarding their health. We also offer a family practice with primary care for women, men and children.
BWHC offers: Well-Woman care, Waterbirth, Childbirth classes, CenteringPregnancy, CenteringParenting, BabyLove Group, Family Practitioner, additional services include STD testing, birth control and family planning.
Please watch this video to learn more about prenatal care at El Rio Health in a group setting (English & Spanish below!)
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And we welcome you to read Desert Leaf magazine’s recently published article about Midwifery!
*Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers, CABC