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Midwifery Services in Tucson

Joan J. Phillips

Midwifery options in Tucson have changed over the years and are now more limited. CNMs offer hospital birth at TMC or at the El Rio Birth Center. No CNMs offer homebirth as an option. There is a possibility of that changing in the future so stay tuned!

Please see the map of area CNM practices: http://www.tucsonnursemidwives.org/practices.htm

Certified Nurse Midwives are contracted with insurance companies but you will need to verify your insurance coverage with the specific practice. Some practices offer a sliding scale cash package based on income.

CNMs may also be employed by physician groups and provide prenatal and well woman care only; they do not deliver babies in area hospitals.

The CNM practices that do deliver babies do so either at Tucson Medical Center http://tucsonnursemidwives.org/elrionurses.htm
Or
The El Rio Birth Center ( formerly Birth and Women’s Health Center ) at 5979 E. Grant Road Suite #107 Please visit their website at: http://www.tucsonnursemidwives.org/pbirthwomen.htm

Midwives at the Birth Center attend women in both places: the Birth Center OR in the hospital at Tucson Medical Center. The Birth Center group is separate from the larger CNM group at El Rio who provide care at the El Rio Neighborhood Health Center Clinics and attend births only at TMC.

More information about Certified Nurse Midwives, and the care provided as women’s health care providers and primary care providers can be found on this site and also through: http://www.ourmomentoftruth.com/What-is-a-Midwife

Home Birth

The Home Birth option in and around Tucson is provided by State Licensed Midwives aka Certified Professional Midwives ( CPMs ) who are licensed in Arizona and typically nationally certified by NACPM: http://nacpm.org/

More information about home birth midwives, midwifery training and national midwifery issues can be found through: The Midwives Alliance of North America: http://mana.org/

Home birth midwives ( Licensed Midwives ) do not practice in hospitals, and are not contracted with insurance companies or AHCCCS. However, some private insurance companies may reimburse you as an out of network provider. Otherwise payment for home birth is cash. You will need to contact the particular midwife to ask about fees, obtaining necessary laboratory work, ultrasounds, physician consultations, homebirth supply kits and other considerations related to out of hospital birth.

More information about Arizona Licensed midwives can be found here: http://www.azassocmidwives.com/

More information about standards of practice for home birth midwives can be found here: http://mana.org/about-midwives/professional-standards