Our midwifery birth center is unique as it is the only outpatient birth center on a hospital campus in Washington state. We opened in 2016 to meet the unique needs of our families and offer another option other than home birth or inpatient hospital birth.
You’ll have a natural birth experience in a calm, luxurious setting with the peace of mind in knowing that, should complications arise, an expert team of specialists is nearby. Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) provide the compassionate support and expertise you need to create your best birth experience. We’ll be with you every step along the way to welcoming your family’s new addition.
Located at 1708 South Yakima Avenue on the St. Joseph Medical Center campus in Tacoma, the center provides a supportive, home-like environment for expectant mothers. With doulas or care assistants, CNMs and labor and delivery nurses trained in holistic approaches, our team will support your wish for an unmedicated and natural childbirth experience.
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The Midwifery Birth Center at St. Joseph is designed for women who have a strong desire for an unmedicated, natural childbirth experience. Upon arrival to the center in active labor, you will have access to your own birth suite, with hydrotherapy birth/laboring tub, a comfortable queen-sized bed, and many of the comforts of home. You and your family will stay in the suite for your immediate post-delivery care until discharge 6-12 hours after birth.
The Midwifery Birth Center is the perfect choice if:
Regardless of where you choose to deliver, the staff at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will support your desire to have the most natural childbirth possible.
Our midwives continually work in a collaborative environment with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health OB-GYNs and maternal fetal medicine specialists to provide a full continuum of care for expectant mothers. Should either your health or your baby’s condition change, you will be assessed and receive the appropriate level of care to best meet your needs. We will partner with you throughout this process.
Most babies join the world without complication. Our top priority is to provide place where you feel safe and comfortable.
Have your baby at the Midwifery Birth Center at St. Joseph. To find a Virginia Mason Franciscan Health certified nurse midwife, visit our page on midwifery services or call Franciscan Women's Health Associates at 253-274-7501. For questions or more information about the Midwifery Birth Center, email [email protected].
Preparing for childbirth can be overwhelming. To help you get started, we’ve created a free downloadable guide that provides everything you need to know as you take your first steps toward motherhood with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.