El Rio Certified Nurse-Midwives provide high quality care for women through every stage of their life.
Since 1976, the El Rio nurse-midwives have lovingly cared for women and babies in Tucson. We specialize in pregnancy and birth care, but our services also include preventative gynecology, STD testing, birth control, family planning.
We would like to meet you!
Call 520-670-3909 to make an appointment today. In person, same day and virtual visits are available.
What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?
A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a specialist in normal pregnancy and childbirth, family planning and preventative women’s health care. Nurse-midwives are advanced practice nurses, certified by the American Midwifery Certification board with privileges to prescribe medications and admit women to the hospital.
Worldwide, developed nations with midwife led maternity care have the safest and healthiest maternal child outcomes. El Rio nurse midwives lead the maternity care team, which may include nurses, obstetricians, maternal fetal-medicine specialists, nutritionists, lactation consultants, pharmacists and more.
Our Philosophy of Care
The word midwife means “with woman.” Midwifery is an ancient profession, assisting and guiding women childbearing. Modern certified nurse midwives 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.
We attend births at Tucson Medical Center. El Rio Health nurse midwives support women in all the pain relief options available to them. Women have the option of delivering in labor and delivery or in our comfortable, homelike birthing rooms located within The Midwifery Center at TMC. The Midwifery Center offers an intimate and supportive environment for natural childbirth.
El Rio Midwifery offers: Well-Woman care, Waterbirth, Childbirth classes, CenteringPregnancy, BabyLove Group, additional services include STD testing, birth control and family planning.
To learn more about The Midwifery Center click here.
To take a virtual tour of the Midwifery Center, click here.
Questions about Medications and Vaccines while Pregnant?
Visit these helpful resources for answers to frequently asked questions and/or speak with an expert.
Mother to Baby Arizona https://azpoison.com/pregnancy-riskline
Mother to Baby https://mothertobaby.org/
Breast Milk Donations
El Rio Health is contracted with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation. Please click here to learn more about the process and how to begin donating.
Coffee For the Soul – Virtual Group
Open to both new and expecting moms. Every Friday: Spanish 9:00am-10:30 am, English 11:30am-1:00pm. Email: MomWellness@elrio.org or call (520) 370-3686 to register.
Baby Love Group – Virtual Group
Open to all caregivers of newborns through toddlers. Every Tuesday from 12:30-2:30 via Zoom. To register, please email us at ClareL@elrio.org.
Please watch this video to learn more about prenatal care at El Rio Health in a group setting (English & Spanish below!)
Communicating with the Midwifery Team (English)
Communicating with the Midwifery Team (Spanish)
Labor Coping Positions (English)
Labor Coping Positions (Spanish)