Vanderbilt’s midwife programs offer unique healthcare options for women throughout their lives. Our certified nurse-midwives provide pregnancy care and delivery, primary care, well-woman care (annual exams, Pap smears and breast exams), birth control, other gynecological services, and prenatal care.
Our nurse-midwives have a graduate degree in nursing with a specialty in midwifery.
Midwives view menstruation, pregnancy, birth and menopause as normal changes in women's lives, not as medical problems. We facilitate these natural processes, rather than try to change their normal course.
If you want to work with a certified nurse-midwife during your pregnancy, we offer several options:
Our certified nurse-midwives at West End Women's Health Center and Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwives at Melrose offer holistic, low-tech delivery in a hospital setting. In most cases, your delivery can proceed with very little intervention. Deliveries take place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is equipped to deal with any emergency.
At NorthCrest Medical Center, in Springfield, Tenn., our midwives are the primary caregivers during normal labor and delivery. If complications arise, including the need for a C-section, a board-certified obstetrician is available to oversee your labor and delivery.
Our certified nurse-midwives at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, Vanderbilt Health Franklin-Cool Springs and Vanderbilt Health Thompson's Station work within your care team to support you during pregnancy. An obstetrician will deliver your baby at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Vanderbilt midwives also deliver babies at Baby + Company, a fully licensed birth center offering high-quality care in an intimate setting outside the hospital.
Vanderbilt midwives work at many of our Women's Health locations: