An OB/GYN (short for obstetrician gynecologist) is an expert at women's health. After completing medical school, OB/GYNs also complete four years of specialty training — known as a residency. Our OB/GYNs provide care to patients throughout their lifetime, including during pregnancy and childbirth.
Salem Health OB/GYNs practice all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology care, including family planning, pregnancy (including high risk pregnancies) and prenatal care, childbirth, surgery, and treatment of diseases and disorders of the reproductive system.
Our certified nurse-midwives provide high-quality prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care for all patients and current parents giving birth at Salem Health Family Birth Center. Throughout your adolescence, childbearing years and beyond, they provide you with safe, holistic care. Whether it is advice about family planning, pregnancy or your health – our midwives have the experience you need.
Salem Health midwives are skilled at tailoring care for your needs. They support patients in labor – from natural childbirth to those who choose an epidural. They also care for patients who plan a repeat cesarean delivery; and are able to help during surgery.
We have health care specialists, such as genetic counselors and maternal fetal medicine physicians available for patients with medical or surgical complications, which contribute to high-risk pregnancies. In the event your baby needs extra care after delivery, you can trust the care we provide at our level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our NICU has a team of experts, including neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, registered nurses, and occupational therapists to care for your baby.
While you're in the Family Birth Center, you will encounter other health care specialists. Below are some of the types of specialists you may receive care from.
Contact your health insurance provider first. They should be able to send you a list of providers who will be a good fit for you and will be covered by your insurance. Nearly all insurance plans are accepted by Salem Health, so you have a good chance of finding a provider.
If you are a patient of an integrated health system, such as Kaiser Permanente, please know that you will likely need to choose a provider from that system. Many providers from these systems, who practice in Marion and Polk counties, often have privileges
to deliver babies at Salem Hospital and/or West Valley Hospital. Contact your health insurance provider for more information.