We specialize in the care of women throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and their reproductive years. We offer holistic, family-centered, physiologic, and natural approaches to childbirth combined with evidence-based and appropriate medical care. Our mission is to support and empower all women and families to become active participants in decisions about their health, while providing safe, comprehensive care.
We provide midwifery and obstetric care at the Vidone Birthing Center at the Saint Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital. The Vidone Birthing Center has six family-centered birthing rooms, two operating rooms, a hydrotherapy room, and 11 private postpartum rooms. The center pioneered the introduction of inhaled nitrous oxide for laboring women in Connecticut in 2014.
At Yale, there is a special relationship between obstetricians and midwives. Because of the long history of midwifery in the Yale community, certified nurse-midwifery is embraced and considered an integral part of the care we provide.
Every woman who gives birth at the Vidone Birthing Center at the Saint Raphael Campus of Yale New Haven Hospital receives collaborative care from both a midwife and an obstetrician. In addition, our team includes a nurse, pediatrician, neonatal specialist, and anesthesiologist. Doulas (labor-support providers) are also available to women who financially qualify, and are welcome from the community.
A certified nurse-midwife is a highly trained practitioner with a master of science degree in nursing, with further training and certification through an accredited nurse-midwifery program. Nurse-midwives specialize in the care of women in a holistic manner and recognize when additional support and consultation are necessary.
An obstetrician is a physician who has earned a medical degree followed by a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology, focusing on the female reproductive system, including diseases and disorders that may require medical or surgical management. Obstetricians specialize in the management of pregnancy complications, labor, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
The nursing staff and providers support individualized care for women based on their unique needs and preferences, supporting natural childbirth with water immersion and aromatherapy, while also providing easy access to modalities such as narcotic and epidural analgesia, as desired. The Vidone Birthing Center has a Baby-Friendly designation, and supports immediate, uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with the baby at birth, and rooming-in for mothers and babies from birth to discharge.
Most women who need medical or surgical intervention are able to remain at the Vidone Birthing Center throughout their stay. The Center has a neonatal resuscitation team leader on site at all times from the Yale New Haven Hospital’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as all resuscitation equipment and supplies, and an on-site Level I nursery for babies who need additional support for breathing issues, jaundice, glucose levels, and possible infection. Rapid and easy transport to nearby Yale New Haven Hospital is available, if needed, for further evaluation and management.