Recognizing that just as no two women are alike neither are any two birth experiences, Mission Hospital offers many choices to expectant mothers focusing on the unique needs of each baby, mother and loved one connected to the experience.

Mission Hospital recently launched a Midwifery Program, and is pleased to welcome Kenneth A. James, MD and Allison Molinski, CNM.

As a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Allison specializes in safe, alternative approaches to the birthing experience. Midwives are an ideal option for women who want to personalize their own birth plan and want something different than traditional obstetricians provide, and at the same time want to feel confident that a medical doctor is available if needed. With a focus on the expectant mother as an active participant, Midwifery care is hands-on care before, during and after the birth of a baby.

CNMs are trained in both nursing and midwifery and are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). To be certified, a CNM must be formally educated in midwifery through an accredited program affiliated with an institution of higher learning, demonstrate clinical competence and pass a rigorous national certifying exam.

Midwives are trained to identify problems that may develop or occur during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. “We work as a team to provide the best medical care for mother and baby while also respecting the expectant mother’s desires outlined in her birth plan,” said Dr. James. “If a situation arises requiring intervention by a medical doctor, an obstetrician will step in to assess the situation,” added James.

To learn more about the Midwifery program at Mission Hospital visit http://lagunabeachobgyn.com/

To learn more about Mission Maternity Center, browse through our website or give us a call at (877) 459-3627.