Willow Midwife Center 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.
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.
Midwives specialize in women’s health. They are trained in primary and gynecologic care of women throughout her lifespan, prenatal, labor and birth care, and care of the newborn baby. Midwives specialize in care of the low-risk woman. Through education and health promotion, CNMs aim to prevent complications of pregnancy. They are, however, trained to recognize and manage emergencies, should they arise.
Willow AZ Midwife Center has a collaborative practice agreement with Dr. Christine Brass-Jones, who is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist on staff at Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Gateway Hospital. In the event that Dr. Brass-Jones is not available, we have collaborative agreements with alternate covering physicians at Banner Desert Medical Center.
Dr. Brass-Jones and other covering physicians provides physician coverage and are available to the midwives at Willow AZ 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the unlikely event a pregnancy becomes complicated or a cesarean section is needed.
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.