Natural Births in Washington DC
Thank you for your interest in midwifery care and natural childbirth. We are a part of The GW Medical Faculty Associates and deliver at The George Washington University Hospital. Midwives are experts in providing independent, evidence-based care to healthy, normal women. At GW, our collaborative model of care is committed to supporting your plan for a normal vaginal delivery.
Our office practice has 3 convenient locations:
22nd & I Street, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
2300 M Street, NW, Suite 110
Washington, DC 20037
4920 Elm Street
Bethesda, MD 20814
The George Washington University Hospital is located at 23rd and I Streets NW, at the top of the Foggy Bottom Metro escalator.
Meet Our Midwives
We invite you to join us at our next Meet the Midwife session. We ask that all patients enrolled in our practice, as well as those considering enrolling in our practice, attend this presentation. Meet the Midwife takes place in the GWU Hospital auditorium, and will provide you with valuable information about our practice routines, strategies, and outcomes. Additionally, midwives are available at the conclusion of the presentation to answer your questions. At the end of this session, you will be familiar with the criteria for enrolling in our practice, and will be able to determine if we are the right practice fit for you.
Preparing for Natural Birth
Optimal nutrition and regular outdoor exercise are essential cornerstones to every pregnancy. We ask that you follow the Nutritional, Exercise, and Lifestyle Guidelines found on our website. We ask that you eat “real” foods and do not consume processed, refined foods, including white flour and sugar. Daily outdoor exercise is an important component of our program.
Scientific evidence supports midwifery care and normal birth. Many of you will have watched The Business of Being Born or read PUSHED. Please expand your perspective by looking at the PDFs found on the More Information Tab of our website. These documents will give you a balanced view on the scientific evidence supporting midwifery care and normal birth.
Additionally, we recommend Emily Oster’s book, Expecting Better as a source of good pregnancy advice. Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth is our top pick for childbirth advice. Finally, you can visit www.midwife.org for to learn more about our amazing profession.