More Expectant Moms Than Ever Are Choosing Midwives to Deliver Their Babies

October 20, 2023

1 in 10 Women Now Choose Midwife Services

Cambridge, Mass.– 42-year-old Emily Dale and her partner were about to start expensive IVF treatments when they discovered she was pregnant naturally. Having grown up in and around Cambridge, she knew she wanted to deliver at Mount Auburn Hospital. She also knew she wanted a personalized and special experience, so she chose Mount Auburn’s Midwifery Program to take care of her before, during, and after she gave birth.

“I had already been seeing Julia since I was 25 years old,” said Dale, referring to Julia Dickinson, RN, CNM, now the director of the Midwife Program. “She was always one step ahead of me to give me the resources to figure out my path to motherhood. She gave me a lot of support and insight. I felt like the care, the knowledge, the compassion I had experienced with her was the same with all the other midwives.”

The Midwifery Program at Mount Auburn Hospital is the largest midwife practice in the state, with 30 certified nurse-midwives. “Our midwifery staff, known as MaMA – for Midwives at Mount Auburn – is composed of dedicated clinicians who work compassionately with our patients,” said Dickinson. “We advise them and give them options for their care so they can make the right decision for them. I am not surprised that more and more women are choosing midwives to help them deliver their babies.”

Dale wanted to deliver her baby in a bathtub in her delivery room. That was an option, but, ultimately, she gave birth to little Florence, now 9 weeks old, in bed without any pain meds whatsoever. “They were giving me options while encouraging me. I needed them to be very intentional and compassionate to help me make the right decisions and they did.”

Midwifery at MAH offers services for women of all ages and all stages of life, from pre-conception, to pregnancy and birth care, to post-partum support, to menopause. For specialized and advanced care, the midwives work closely with the physicians at Mount Auburn. Learn more about our midwifery services.

About Mount Auburn Hospital

Mount Auburn Hospital was founded in 1886. A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, its mission is to provide clinically excellent care with compassion and to teach students of medicine and the health professions.

Mount Auburn Hospital is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a healthcare system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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