The certified nurse midwives at Glacier Maternity & Women’s Center provide safe, supportive, woman-to-woman care. They offer obstetrics and a full spectrum of women’s gynecological health needs at three locations – Whitefish, Kalispell and Eureka. The clinic joined North Valley Hospital in November 2010 and works collaboratively with all of their patients to deliver a memorable experience.
Glacier Maternity provides a sliding fee scale to help those in need, thereby making health care services more accessible and affordable.
- Prenatal care, including an initial physical and lab work along with regular visits throughout the pregnancy. Education for achieving optimal health and prevention and recognition of complications is emphasized.
- Hospital services for your delivery are provided exclusively at North Valley Hospital and include supportive care in labor, water birth options, ordering pain medication and anesthesia if desired, and performance of all procedures needed during a normal birth. Every effort is made to respect choices made by the woman and her family regarding the birth experience.
- Annual examinations, including Pap smears, breast and pelvic examinations, referrals for mammography and laboratory studies, and general wellness counseling.
- Contraceptive counseling and prescription, including birth control pills, patch or ring, Depo-Provera injections, diaphragm fitting and IUD placement.
- Screening and treatment of vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, menstrual irregularities, pelvic pain and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Perimenopausal and postmenopausal consultation and annual gynecological exams with additional counseling and treatment for the symptoms that may develop during this transitional time.
- Should you develop a condition during your pregnancy or gynecological care that requires a physician’s management, OB/GYNs will provide consultation services to us. In cases where serious complications develop, which are outside the scope of our expertise, they will accept your transfer to their care.
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What is a certified nurse midwife?
A certified nurse midwife is a master’s-level registered nurse who has additional education in women’s health care and midwifery. By education and experience, a nurse midwife is qualified to be the main caregiver throughout pregnancy and childbirth for healthy women, and to provide normal gynecological services, including family planning, annual exams, Pap smears, and perimenopausal and postmenopausal care.
Each year, more than 100,000 women in the United States give birth to their babies with the help of nurse midwives. The numbers continue to grow as word spreads that having a baby with a nurse midwife is a safe, satisfying experience.
Why choose a certified nurse midwife?
Nurse midwives provide safe care. Over the years, nurse midwives have maintained a superb record of safety. Research shows that pregnancy, labor and delivery for a healthy woman is as safe with a nurse midwife as with a physician and that women who choose nurse midwives are less likely to have cesarean sections and unnecessary medical interventions.
Nurse midwives work as partners with women to facilitate the best decisions for their health. Nurse midwives take the time to listen and give support. More than anything, what nurse midwives offer women is time. Whether it is time to answer all the questions during an office visit or time to coax a slow labor, nurse midwives are available. This personal support provides crucial enhancement to a woman’s health and helps prevent medical complications.
“Midwife” means “with women.” As early as Biblical times and in most cultures since, women have assisted other women through labor. Certified nurse midwives are part of this long tradition of women helping women, with special sensitivity, a sound knowledge base and good common sense.
Sliding Fee Discount Program
Glacier Maternity & Women's Center offers a sliding fee discount program to all those in need, whether or not they have insurance. This program is designed to provide essential medical services regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Discounts are offered based upon household income and size. A sliding fee schedule is used to calculate the basic discount and is updated each year using the federal poverty guidelines.
Sliding Fee Discount Program information and application >