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Midwife-led Care Services (Oakland)

Supporting your unique birth experience

At Kaiser Permanente, our goal is to partner with you to:

  • SUPPORT you through your childbirth journey
  • RESPECT your beliefs and choices
  • PERSONALIZE your care experience
  • EMPOWER you to make informed decisions about your care

After all, shouldn’t your care be as unique as you are?

What is a MIDWIFE?

“Midwife” traditionally means “with woman.” Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses with a Master of Science in nursing from nationally accredited higher learning institutions and a national certification from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Nurse-midwives are widely recognized as having expertise in caring for healthy women.


A resident physician is a doctor who has graduated from medical school with a doctoral degree, and is pursuing specialty training as an employee of the hospital. Obstetrics-Gynecology residency is 4 years, comprised of about 15,000 hours of hands-on learning that is closely supervised by our senior attending physicians and midwives.

How do we work TOGETHER for you?

You can expect that the direct, hands-on care you receive will be from both a midwife and resident physician working together, side by side. Midwives will be involved in care decisions for women experiencing medically uncomplicated labors.


What you can expect from your care team