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1661 E Camelback Rd
Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85016

4530 E. Ray Rd
Suite 125
Phoenix, AZ 85044

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Midwifery FAQs

What is the difference between an obstetrician and a midwife?

One of the main differences between a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) and a physician is the type of education they receive. An obstetrician is a physician who specializes in pregnancy and birth. He or she has gone to medical school and then completed a four-year residency training in OB/GYN, which also includes surgical training. Obstetricians care for healthy and ill women with low and high risk pregnancies, and focus on preventing and treating illness and complications. Obstetricians may refer women to subspecialists such as perinatologists for some high-risk conditions.

A certified nurse-midwife is trained in women’s health care, especially pregnancy and birth, but does not go to medical school. CNMs have gone to nursing school and then completed a master’s level or doctorate level training in women’s health, which includes labor and delivery. Midwives specialize in low and moderate risk pregnancies in healthy women. The focus is on preventive care during pregnancy and a high degree of support during labor, especially for women seeking unmedicated childbirth experiences.

Both physicians and midwives are committed to the safety and wellbeing of both you and your baby. Physicians can perform surgery, midwives cannot. Sometimes they work together to optimize your birth experience - at MOGA, the focus is always on doing whatever is the best for each individual patient.

Can MOGA midwives deliver at home?

MOGA Midwives do not offer homebirth deliveries. Our babies are born at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix in a home-like environment that offers the safety of a world-class academic medical center. We emphasize safe, comprehensive, and evidence-based care for women while committing to shared decision-making and personalized care delivered in a sensitive and holistic manner.

Can I get an epidural or pain medication during labor?

We encourage you to consider all options for medication during your labor and delivery. We will work together to find what works best for you, including non-medication options, the use of IV pain medication, Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), or epidural anesthesia if desired.

Can I have a water birth?

We do not offer water birth outside of study protocols; however, you are able to labor in the tub or shower in your personal labor room. We also use birth balls, aroma therapy and massage techniques for pain relief during labor.

Do you accept insurance?

Maricopa OBGYN Associates accepts a wide variety of insurances and midwifery care is included in all the plans we accept.

Who will be there for my delivery?

One of our MOGA Midwives will attend your delivery. If one of our CNMs are not able to attend, one of our MOGA physicians is also always available 24/7.

If I need a cesarean section, will my midwife still be there?

Our commitment is to provide continued and seamless care for you. If one of our physicians is needed for your birth, your midwife will remain with you.

Do you follow the same OB guidelines and schedule that an OB physician would?


Do you care for women who want a vaginal birth after a cesarean section?

Yes, your individual history will determine whether you can deliver vaginally.

What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?

A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is a licensed medical professional. CNMs are able to provide care for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and a variety of women's health care issues. A doula is trained to provide physical and emotional support, but does not provide medical care.

Midwifery services at Maricopa Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Office


1661 E Camelback Rd
Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Ahwatukee Office


4530 E Ray Rd
Suite 125
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Hospital Affiliation

         Main 602-839-2000
OB Triage 602-839-6700

Banner University
Medical Center Phoenix

1111 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006