Willow AZ Midwife Center
Willow Midwife Centers for Birth & Wellness AZ is owned and run by certified nurse-midwives Belinda Hodder and Diane Ortega. Their journey together began in 2010, when they worked together during Belinda’s second round of midwifery school. These longtime friends share the calling, drive, and passion of Certified Nurse-Midwives.
What Is a Midwife?
Explaining Midwifery Care
A Midwife specializes in women’s health. They are trained in primary and gynecologic care of women throughout her lifespan, including prenatal, labor and birth care, and care of the newborn baby. Midwives specialize in care of the low-risk woman.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are licensed, independent health care practitioners educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery. They provide family-centered care to women of all ages. Certified Nurse-Midwives are graduates of an accredited education program and pass a rigorous board certification exam. They are experts, held to the standards of practice set by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and by state licensing organizations.
Through education and health promotion, CNMs aim to prevent complications of pregnancy. They are, however, trained to recognize and manage emergencies, should they arise.
WHY Midwife LED Care?
Meet our Founders
Experienced Certified Nurse Midwives
Meet Belinda Hodder, CNM, MSN
Clinical Director & Co-Founder
Belinda has practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife in the East Valley since 2010. Well known for her passion for evidence-based women-centered care, Belinda is a powerful advocate for a woman’s right to personalized ethical, consensual care.
Meet Diane Ortega, CNM, MSN
Administrative Director & Co-Founder
Diane, a Certified Nurse Midwife, is a licensed independent health care practitioner educated in nursing and midwifery, providing family-centered care to women of all ages. Diane has been practicing midwifery in Phoenix since 2009.
The birth assistant is a very important member of your birth team. Our birth assistants come from varied backgrounds. Some are nurses, some are midwives, and others are childbirth educators that have all completed our birth assistant preparation training. You can read about more our birth assistant team here.