Midwives at the Mission Bay and San Francisco General campuses are significant members of the obstetrical teams. This reflects the department’s commitment to providing women with the best care possible, by drawing on midwifery’s expertise in supporting the normal processes of pregnancy and childbirth. Numerous studies have demonstrated that women cared for by midwives are highly satisfied and have favorable obstetric outcomes. Midwives at UCSF are nurses with advanced (Master’s degree level) training in midwifery. The midwives at the Mission Bay campus are essential providers in a collaborative practice; they work with the MFM physicians and generalist obstetricians providing direct supervision of our residents and medical students while providing care for the childbearing woman and her family.
There are several midwifery driven programs at UCSF and SFGH. CenteringPregnancy® is a prenatal care model the midwives offer at both SFGH and Mission Bay. Centering takes women out of the exam room and into a group for prenatal care, with 8-12 women due around the same time who become a community that goes through pregnancy together.
Lactation services at UCSF Mission Bay and SFGH provide direct care immediately post partum and throughout the hospitalization. The Mission Bay campus now provides outpatient lactation services daily.
Related links about midwives at UCSF and SFGH:
“What is a midwife” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLVwdmlZU_8&feature=youtu.be
Midwives at SFGH video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps20qoeYPRs
American College of Nurse-Midwives website: www.midwifery.org
For more about CenteringPregnancy:
CenteringPregnancy at SFGH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUQCx-ptg7k
CenteringPregnancy at SFGH, KQED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mf3Oe45Uuk
Centering Healthcare Institute website: www.centeringhealthcare.org