Midwifery

ADULT
midwifery
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our certified nurse-midwives provide a range of health services, from pregnancy and beyond.
  • We focus on natural, holistic approaches to pregnancy and labor and delivery.
  • We work closely with obstetricians and specialists if complications arise.

Yale Medicine's approach to childbirth combines centuries-old traditions and advanced medical practices to provide families with the very best care possible.

For millennia, childbirth took place in the home, supervised by traditional birth attendants and community midwives. But after World War II, here in the United States, childbirth increasingly became the province of doctors. With that shift, medical interventions such as the cesarean section and anesthesia increased dramatically. While infant mortality has plummeted since the shift, many worry that this approach over-medicalizes the natural process of birth.

At Yale Medicine, our certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) occupy a middle ground between these two extremes. They are medical professionals who can provide a full range of health services for women (from adolescence to menopause), yet they focus on a holistic, natural approach.

A certified nurse-midwife provides services that are complementary to a physician. They handle most issues that arise during normal pregnancies and births and are trained to recognize when conditions require collaboration with an obstetrician.

Midwives do not perform surgery and they do not manage high-risk pregnancies. Certified nurse-midwives attend over 70 labors and births each month at the Vidone Birth Center at Yale New Haven Hospital's Saint Raphael Campus.