Obstetric Specialties & Midwifery
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.
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.
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.