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Northwest Hospital's team of experienced certified nurse-midwives gives mothers-to-be an additional birthing option. Together, they have delivered thousands of babies and have guided families through the life-changing experience of pregnancy and birth.
Midwives are healthcare professionals who specialize in assisting normal, uncomplicated births. Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) have a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in nurse-midwifery.
Our midwives approach birth as a holistic journey, collaborating with each woman to create a personalized birth plan in keeping with individual values, cultural preferences and medical considerations. They also specialize in patient education and will be there throughout your pregnancy and birth to help you make the choices that work best for you and your family.
The midwives typically refer women with health problems or higher-risk pregnancies to obstetricians before their births. If complex problems arise during births they are attending, the hospital's obstetricians, neonatologists and obstetric anesthesiologists are available around the clock to partner with them in your care if necessary.
Part of helping you create the best possible pregnancy and birth experience is having a midwife available whenever you need them. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, call the Northwest Hospital Midwives Clinic at 206-368-6670 or visit the clinic website at www.nwmidwivesclinic.com. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Same-day appointments can be arranged if your need is urgent. A skilled staff member will answer your call and assist you, or will page the midwife on-call for you if it's after hours. The new Northwest Hospital Midwives Clinic is located in Suite 190 of the UW Medicine Northwest Outpatient Medical Center at 10330 Meridian Ave. N.
Meet Our Midwives' Team
Bonnie Bernstein, CNM
Bonnie Bernstein has been a certified nurse-midwife since 1989. She enjoys providing sensitive, personal healthcare for women during pregnancy, birth and afterward. She encourages patients to be active in decisions about their care.
Bernstein earned her bachelor's degree from Cal State San Jose and her master's from Columbia University. She is married, and her
children and grandchildren help her understand the special needs of young mothers and families, she says.
Mary Bolles, CNM
Mary Bolles practices midwifery because she believes it recognizes the power of women. "Giving birth transforms families' lives. My role is one of facilitator, educator and guide for each woman's unique birth process, celebrating each birth with a personal, nurturing
Practicing as a certified nurse-midwife since 2002, Bolles earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of
Washington, and lives with her family on Whidbey Island.
Michelle Grandy, CNM
Michelle Grandy sees midwifery as a holistic healthcare approach for women. "Midwifery means 'with woman,'" she said. "It is a great privilege to be with women and families as they experience pregnancy and become a family."
Grandy, a certified nurse-midwife since 1996, earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at Seattle Pacific University in 1988 and her master's degree at the UW. She is married and has a daughter.
Sachiko Oshio, CNM
Sachiko Oshio loves to help women become mothers, couples become families and families grow together. Her clinical interests include infertility, breastfeeding, and mother-infant relationship development. She also speaks fluent Japanese.
Oshio became a certified nurse-midwife in 1994. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing at St. Luke's College of Nursing in Tokyo in 1977 and a master's degree at Boston University in 1981. She completed her doctorate at the University of Washington in 1992. Her post-master's certificate in nurse-midwifery is from Oregon Health Sciences University.
Cindy Rogers, CNM
Cindy Rogers became a certified nurse-midwife to provide healthcare to women in a comfortable, supportive way. She believes that offering information and listening are important in guiding patients through pregnancy and birth.
Rogers has delivered babies since 1988, often teaching patients' families and friends to help the mother-to-be prepare for parenthood.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University, and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.