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Nurse-Midwives are registered nurses with advanced training in midwifery and women’s health care. They can provide a woman-centered childbirth experience in a hospital setting. With a nurse-midwife as your care provider, you can walk in labor, move around, eat, drink, push in any position and have your baby with you after birth. Families, including siblings may be welcome in the birth room as well. If you have Medi-Cal, and would would like a homebirth or birth center delivery, unfortunately this option is not available to you in Los Angeles County, as Medi-Cal does not cover homebirth and there are no freestanding birth centers in the region which take Medi-Cal. The best option you have is to go to one of the hospitals in Los Angeles County which take Medi-Cal and employ Nurse-Midwives. If you have PPO insurance, Nurse-Midwives are covered. Kaiser HMO plan covers Nurse-Midwives at Kaiser facilities only.

For additional nurse-midwives not listed here (throughout U.S), go to: Nurse-Midwife Locator


Downtown Los Angeles | Los Angeles County | West Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

California Hospital Medical Center
1401 S. Grand St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213-742-5744 or 742-6474

Accepts Medi-Cal. Prenatal care and delivery by team of Certified Nurse-Midwives. Waterbirth option available. Support for VBAC birth. Nurse-Midwives provide prenatal care at Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center located in downtown Los Angeles at 1530 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. To make an appointment with the nurse-midwives, call (213) 747-5542 or email Betsey Jenkins, CNM

Los Angeles County

Kaiser Permanente Hospitals


Only available for patients with Kaiser HMO insurance. Low cesarean rate. VBAC option. Kaiser Woodland Hills employs Nurse-Midwives who are on-call 24-hours a day. Other Kaiser hospitals (Sunset, Cadillac, Baldwin Hills) only have midwives on-call limited hours. Call those locations for further information.

UCLA Nurse Midwives

West Los Angeles

UCLA Nurse Midwives

UCLA Nurse Midwives

UCLA-Nurse-Midwifery Associates, A Midwifery Obstetric Partnership
University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
Plaza 200 Building, Suite 430
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Information: 310-794-4434
Appointments: 310-794-7274

Susan Huser, CNM, MSN, FACNM, A. Ann Trudell, CNM,MSN
Shadman Habibi CNM, M. Pauline Glatleider, CNM, MSN,
Carolee Dunivan, CNM,MSN, Kia Winlock, CNM, MSN

The nurse-midwives in this group provide care based on the midwifery model; employing minimal intervention, the judicious use of technology and shared decision-making. Our physician partners are proud of their association with us and support our philosophy of care, and are committed to being immediately available for guidance and assistance should the need arise, including support for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean section) labors. The superior resources of UCLA Medical Center are available to all our women and families, from sophisticated fetal testing to the most compassionate and skilled nursing staff. We offer free consultation visits as well as preconception care. We accept most forms of insurance and Medi-Cal.

Prenatal care for those with Medi-Cal is given by nurse-midwives at community Medi-Cal clinics, including Westside Family Health Center, located at 1705 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica, call 310-450-2191, ext. 229 to make an appointment. Medi-Cal patients may participate in free childbirth preparation classes taught by Julie Freitas at the Santa Monica clinic. Call her the clinic at 310-450-2191 ext. 229 for the dates of the next class.

West Los Angeles

Cedars Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 4-CEDARS (423-3277)

Cedars has recently employed Nurse-Midwives. Contact the hospital to inquire.


West Los Angeles and Santa Monica

Deborah Frank, CNM

Deborah Frank, CNM
Certified Nurse-Midwife
Midwives with Women
421 N. Rodeo Drive, PH 1
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

MIDWIVES WITH WOMEN is the only solo midwifery practice in LA offering hospital births with a certified nurse midwife. Deborah Frank CNM is a graduate of the Yale School of Midwifery and has over 35 years of experience practicing as a midwife. She has attended home births, worked in an out of hospital birth center, started a midwifery practice in a small community hospital and was the first CNM to have private practice privileges at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She chose midwifery as her professional path because it combines the long tradition and history of midwives caring for women with the use of advances and techniques in modern medicine. Excellent and supportive medical backup is available through her office if needed. A half hour consultation is offered at no charge to pregnant couples interested in her services.

Serving Southern California

Simona Istrate, CNM, RNFA, BSN
Certified Nurse-Midwife
Natural Birth Center and Women’s Wellness
9209 Colima Rd., Suite 4100
Whittier, CA 90605
Phone: 562-696-2313
Fax: 562-696-2306

We provide: Home & Water Birth • Birth Center Birth • VBAC

Natural Birth Center and Women’s Wellness is Southern California’s most sought Birth Center. We are the only ACCREDITED Birth Center in Los Angeles County by Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC). Accreditation is the Mark of Quality and Excellence and is based on the standards of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), Natural Birth Center and Women’s Wellness is able to provide prenatal care and well women’s exams as well as serve as a safe and home-like environment for natural child birth. Our Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is most experienced in Southern California and has a perfect record of many thousands of natural births. She is able to participate in your birth experience in our free-standing birth center, your home, or the hospital. Our center is the only free-standing birth center in Southern California with a CNM who can manage your care at the hospital in the unlikely event of transfer. Our CNM also has Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) certification that enables her to assist in your care in the unexpected event of a c-section. This center is committed to achieve woman’s best birth experience in a family-centered atmosphere and is dedicated to empowering women and accommodating your cultural, religious, or personal requests within the circle of safety. Here at Natural Birth Center & Women’s Wellness every act is designed to allow birth to occur as intended; naturally and joyously.
”Every birth tells a unique story…what will yours be?”

For answers to your childbirth-related questions,  please contact us at: 626-388-2191 or Email: