Welcome Arizona midwives!

We are a home for education, resources, and networking resources for all midwives in the great state of Arizona. This organization was founded by members of Blossom Birth and Wellness Center located in Phoenix as a growing source of information to help develop the midwife community.

What is a midwife?

A midwife is a health care professional who provides an array of health care services for women including gynecological examinations, contraceptive counseling, prescriptions, and labor, delivery, well-women, postpartum care. Providing expert care during labor, delivery, and postpartum is a specialty that makes midwives unique.

What about Arizona?

In Arizona, there are two types of midwives who may legally assist a woman with childbirth: a certified nurse midwife and a licensed midwife. The midwifery model of care provides quality, personalized services to women seeking low-intervention pregnancy and birth services while still providing access to technical services through appropriate referral when the mother’s condition changes. The midwifery model of care is also cost effective, providing affordable services, decreasing the incidence of low birth weight, and reducing complications and the need for cesarean births.

In all cultures, the midwife’s place is on the threshold of life, where intense human emotions, fear, hope, longing, triumph, and incredible physical power-enable a new human being to emerge. Her vocation is unique.

Sheila Kitzinger