Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.


Meet Our Midwives

FAQs about our midwives

What is a midwife?

Our certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are experts in women’s health. Midwives deliver 60 percent of babies born vaginally at Northern California Kaiser Permanente medical centers. Most of our medical centers offer midwifery care.

Find midwife services available at our medical centers.

What care do midwives provide?

Midwives provide care and support during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.

  • Provide prenatal exams, screenings, and other care.
  • Give practical tips and resources to you and your partner or other companion.
  • Answer your questions and pay careful attention to your hopes about pregnancy, birth, and parenting.

Labor and delivery
  • Work with you to create your desired birth experience, while protecting your health and the health of your baby.
  • Respect your unique needs.
  • Monitor your labor and your baby’s heart rate.
  • Help you cope with labor using focused breathing, walking, position changes, massage, hot or cold packs, and other methods.
  • Offer pain medicine, if you need or want it.

Postpartum (after childbirth)
  • Place your baby on your skin to help support your baby's transition to the outside world and begin feeding.
  • Help you with breastfeeding, if that’s your choice.
  • Stitch tears (if needed) that may occur while giving birth.

Can a midwife offer pain medicine or an epidural?

Yes. Our midwives can order the same pain medicines during labor as doctors can, including nitrous oxide and an epidural. 

What happens if I have complications during pregnancy or labor?

Our midwives are members of our obstetrics care teams. They work with obstetricians who are always available to take part in your care. Our midwives may also assist with cesarean births (C-sections).

If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder. This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.