Swedish Opens Midwifery & Women's Health Clinic at Ballard Campus

Swedish Opens Midwifery & Women's Health Clinic at Ballard Campus

SEATTLE, March 23, 2007 – The Swedish Midwifery & Women's Health Clinic recently opened in the Ballard Medical Plaza at 1801 Market St., Suite 207. At the clinic, three experienced Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) partner with healthy women of all ages to provide individualized woman-centered health care.

The clinic's medical staff includes:
Rebekah Couper-Noles, CNM, ARNP
Heather Paar, CNM., ARNP
Fra Na Ready, CNM, ARNP

A full array of obstetrical and women's health-care services are provided at the clinic, including:
• Preconception counseling
• Prenatal visits
• Nutritional counseling
• Labor support
• Childbirth (at Swedish's Ballard Family Childbirth Center)
• Breastfeeding support
• Family Planning
• Annual exams
• Gynecologic exams
• Care from adolescence through menopause

"The word midwife means ‘with woman,' because CNMs provide health care to women throughout the lifecycle. CNMs nurture and guide women during pregnancy, childbirth and well into the early stages of motherhood," said Fra Na Ready, C.N.M., A.R.N.P. "Our patients' comprehensive care includes physical, emotional and social support in an intimate, unhurried atmosphere backed by the well-respected Family Childbirth Center at Swedish/Ballard."

CNMs have completed an accredited academic program and national board exam in order to be certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. CNMs in Washington state are licensed as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs). Most insurances cover their services and in many cases the midwife is a woman's primary-care provider. Midwifery care is centered on the woman and her family to enhance normal physiologic and psychological events in her life, using technologic interventions and medications only as needed or desired. Midwifery care is respectful of ethnic and cultural variations and a woman's right to self-determination regarding her care. Education and informed choice are hallmarks of midwifery. Midwives practice in collaboration with physicians and other health-care providers within the health-care system at clinics, hospitals and birth centers throughout Washington state.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary "get acquainted" appointment with any of the CNMs at the Swedish Midwifery & Women's Health Clinic, call 206-781-6080 or visit www.swedish.org/midwives

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About Swedish
Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health provider in the Pacific Northwest. It is comprised of three hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill (formerly Providence) and Ballard – a freestanding emergency room and specialty center in Issaquah, Swedish Home Care Services and Swedish Physicians – a network of 12 primary-care clinics. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiac care, oncology, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, neurological care, sleep medicine, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org

About Swedish's Ballard Family Childbirth Center
The Ballard Family Childbirth Center (BFCC) is located on the fifth floor of Swedish/Ballard at 5300 Tallman Ave. N.W. in Seattle. It features 10 modern, well-appointed and comfortable Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum (LDRP) suites where women spend their entire stay while in the hospital. It also includes a Level-I nursery and private Jacuzzi® room for women in labor. In 2006, there were 664 births at the BFCC. The center and its staff of seasoned obstetrical nurses are also supported by five board-certified OB/GYNs and more than a dozen family practice physicians who deliver at Swedish/Ballard. The BFCC has consistently been voted among the best childbirth centers in the Greater Seattle area, including by readers of Seattle's Child magazine. For more information about the BFCC, call 206-781-6344 or click here.

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