Every birthing experience is unique. At the Midwifery and Gynecology clinic at Swedish Ballard, our experienced, certified nurse-midwives pride themselves in partnering with you to create the most personalized childbirth experience possible – one that best reflects your personal, cultural and spiritual beliefs.
Our birthing centers in First Hill, Edmonds and Issaquah offer families comfortable birthing suites with full access to medical and technological assistance, if necessary.
Comprehensive Health Care For All Women
In addition to delivering babies and helping parents prepare for parenthood, our certified nurse-midwives provide comprehensive health care for women at all stages of their life. Swedish certified nurse-midwives offer:
- Preventative exams
- Cancer screening
- Contraception and family planning
- Gynecological care
- Menstrual disorders
- Menopause management and care
- STD testing
There are numerous health benefits for both parents and babies with breastfeeding/chestfeeding, some of which we're just beginning to discover. Many parents find it to be a rewarding experience that helps them bond with their child, while babies get the perfect first food to help them grow. Breastfeeding is less expensive than formula feeding, and gives babies immunities and "good" bacteria that can help protect them from illness.
Although it's the most natural thing in the world, breastfeeding is something that both parents and babies need to learn together. Our breastfeeding techniques page will give you advice on different ways to position yourself and the baby. You can also get tips on expressing and storing milk, nutrition for nursing parents, and feeding frequency.
- Breastfeeding/chestfeeding support, milk supply, latch issues
- Mastitis, breast pain, engorgement, clogged duct, and nipple trauma
- Frenotomies/ Tongue tie: labial and lingual
- Pregnancy visits for previous feeding challenges
- Infant weight checks
- Return to work
Awards & Recognition
Congratulations to the Swedish Childbirth teams for winning ParentMap’s 2019 Golden Teddy Awards. We received more than 30,000 votes, and ParentMap readers named Swedish one of the beary best for Puget Sound families!
Swedish Midwives have achieved the American College of Nurse-Midwives Triple Aim Achievement Award!
- Low C-section rate
- Low preterm birth rate
- High breastfeeding rate
Learn more about why you should consider a midwife.
CenteringPregnancy® - A New Approach to Prenatal Care
Swedish offers a unique approach to prenatal care through the CenteringPregnancy program. CenteringPregnancy brings expecting mothers and dads/partners with low-risk pregnancies together for group sessions on all aspects of prenatal care. Lead by a certified nurse-midwife, soon-to-be parents find companionship with other parents with similar due dates and together, share common pregnancy joys, concerns and plans for their new babies. Studies show that group prenatal care reduces premature births, increases breast-feeding and enhances psychosocial outcomes. This can also be attributed to the combination of education, support and knowledge participants gain in a group atmosphere.