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Midwifery Care

Childbirth Center Partner/Support Person Policy [Updated 3/31/2020]

Because of the prevalence of COVID-19 disease in our community, the Childbirth Center doctors, midwives and nurses have made the difficult decision to further limit the partner/support person policy.

This means that if the partner/support person leaves the Childbirth Center for any reason – once they have been initially screened to come into the Childbirth Center – they will not be allowed back on the unit.

 While this decision goes against our fundamental belief as obstetrical providers, we must make this decision to keep all patients and their babies safe.

In addition, given the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may begin to implement other changes related to screening partners/support people.


  1. We are only allowing one labor support person to be present during the admission process.  This should be the same person from admission to discharge.  No labor support person known or suspected to have Covid-19 will be allowed on the Childbirth Center.
  2. The labor support person should stay in the labor or postpartum room.
  3. The Hospital will be providing food for both the laboring patient and their support person.
  4. If the laboring person has tested positive for COVID-19, their partner may be present if they are not sick and they must wear a mask.  If the partner is sick, they cannot stay on the Childbirth Center unit.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation during these difficult times. If you have questions, please speak with the Childbirth Center shift charge nurse. Thank you.

Expert Knowledge. A Life-time of Support, Through pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
Pregnancy Care Your Way

As part of our philosophy of building healthy relationships and providing options in childbirth, you have the choice of seeing certified nurse midwives or physicians for your care. At your first prenatal appointment, you will be asked to select which group you would like to see throughout your pregnancy. While you may meet only one group during your pregnancy, each and every member of our team is involved in your care. We work collaboratively to ensure your safety and satisfaction as you prepare for the birth of your baby.

Our staff of registered nurses and office professionals is available by phone every weekday between 8 AM and 5 PM to speak with you if you have questions or a problem that cannot wait until your next office visit. At all other times, providers are on call to address urgent matters.

Certified Nurse Midwives at Cooley Dickinson Women’s Health provide expert care and support throughout a patient’s reproductive life span from teen years through post-menopause. Midwives partner with pregnant people and their families to promote optimal health in pregnancy and childbirth, with a focus on personalized care, education and informed choice.

Our team of midwives provides prenatal care in the yellow house on the campus of Cooley Dickinson Hospital. They also offer select hours at our Amherst and Cooley Dickinson Hospital locations. All deliveries are performed at the Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals.

“It’s one thing to be the nurse working alongside the doctors and midwives. But it was a whole new experience being the patient! Audrey is one healthy baby because of all your help – we can’t thank you enough.”

-Sarah Lambert Hurley, RN, Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center (on her experience with the birth of baby Audrey born at the Childbirth Center, May, 2016).


Catherine Boshe, CNM

“I am happy to be back in the Northampton area, providing compassionate and individualized midwifery care. Whether it’s a routine exam or the birth of your child, I am committed to making each encounter a satisfying and rewarding experience.”


Amy Richane, CNM

“I was a patient advocate for domestic violence survivors when I first felt the calling to be a midwife; listening to women and trusting their decisions remains the cornerstone of my practice. It is my honor to help women feel healthy and empowered throughout the reproductive lifespan.”


Ellen Putnam, CNM

“I am passionate about providing OB/GYN care for women and families. I feel privileged to be able to help women make informed choices about their pregnancies and gynecological health and well-being.”


Amy Walker, CNM

“As a midwife, I am passionate about providing empathetic evidence based care to all women and families. I feel honored to be a part of some of life’s most intimate moments and always strive to listen to my patients’ wishes, fears and needs.”



Rachel Marino, CNM

“I became a midwife because I believe that having a positive childbirth experience is powerful. The memory of birth can inform a woman’s sense of confidence and self-worth for a lifetime. I always strive in my work to allow women to make informed choices that will provide them with an empowering birth and health care experience.”

Devon Riley, CNM

“My midwifery philosophy is centered on providing individualized and evidence-based care. I thoroughly enjoy learning each person’s unique story and tailoring my plan to meet their needs. It’s an honor and pleasure to contribute to a person’s overall health and well-being.”

Elise Thomson, CNM

“I strive to enable informed choice and provide an experience of care and wellness that is empowering and individualized, ranging from mind and body health to sexuality, pregnancy and birth. It is a privilege to be part of these intimate life moments for individuals and families in our community.”

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a program to promote education and support for pregnant and postpartum women in recovery from opioid use. Here at Cooley Dickinson Women’s Health, we want to partner with you to improve health outcomes for you and your baby.

Topics will include the following and more:

•Discomforts of pregnancy & comfort measures
•Stress management & relapse prevention
•Nutrition during pregnancy
•Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (neonatal withdrawal) – expectations, scoring system, and how to soothe a baby with withdrawal symptoms
•Labor & birth
•Postpartum planning
•What to expect from Social Work/DCF
•Breastfeeding and newborn care

To learn more about New Beginnings, visit the program’s event page.