Midwives are health care professionals who provide care for women throughout the lifespan, often with a particular focus on the childbearing years. All midwives at UC San Diego Medical Center are certified nurse midwives, registered nurses with advanced training in obstetrical and gynecological care. Rita Wagner, a midwife at UCSD's Birth Center, joins this unique Patient Power program to help listeners understand the benefit of having a midwife during childbearing years and beyond. Loralyn Cross, one of Rita’s patients, joins the hour to share her intimate experience of delivering a healthy baby girl, with her midwife, Rita, by her side.
Loralyn, a 27 year-old mother from Tierrasanta, California, describes her experience of giving birth at UCSD's Birth Center in May of 2009. Loralyn delivered a beautiful baby girl named Aurora. Experiencing birth and all the emotion that accompanies this time in a woman's life was all Loralyn wanted to experience. After seeking care from another medical center, Loralyn decided she wanted a more personalized approach to care. After switching to UCSD about halfway through her pregnancy, Loralyn decided she wanted to have Aurora in the UCSD Birth Center. Loralyn describes her family as “sort” of a UCSD family, she also works at UCSD as an administrative specialist for the Dean's Office in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Read or listen to more of Loralyn’s story and learn how this experience forever changed her and her family.
Nurse Rita talks about prenatal care received from midwives and standards of care that doctors and midwives use throughout the country. She also talks about what makes midwifery care unique, the individual attention given to each patient, their concerns, and their expectations throughout the pregnancy and birth.
In eight years at UCSD, the UCSD midwives have attended over 8,000 births, more than one-third of all the babies born in the facility. If you are thinking about having a child, learn how places like UCSD’s Birth Center are providing home-like settings for expectant mothers and sharing a common philosophy of family-centered, woman-centered care for families.
Rita Wagner, CNM, NP, MS, RN, BSN
Nurse Midwifery, University of California San Diego Medical CenterRita always knew she wanted to be a nurse so she could work with people to make their lives better. Rita is originally from the Central Valley of California. There she grew to enjoy and respect the Latino population. In nursing school she participated in the San Lucas Toliman Child Health Project in Guatemala, where she was able to work... more >
Gave birth at the UCSD Birth CenterLoralyn, a 27 year-old mother from Tierrasanta, California, describes her experience of giving birth at UCSD Birth Center. Experiencing birth and all the emotion that accompanies this time in a woman's life, was all Loralyn wanted to experience. After seeking care from another medical center, Loralyn decided she wanted a more personalized approach in care. After switching to UCSD about... more >