For more than 34 years, even before the opening of Tucson Birth Center in 1982, midwives have been helping women deliver their babies at Tucson Medical Center. Today, we continue to partner with the midwives of the Tucson Birth Center and El Rio Congress to provide the only option in Tucson for women to give birth with the support of a midwife with admitting privileges in the hospital setting.  

We celebrate National Midwifery Week with a focus on midwives and the powerful role and impact they have in the evolution of our services for women and the community. Each day we will meet one of the El Rio amazing midwives serving our community.

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Meet Elizabeth Ribbeck, DNP, MN, MA, RN, CNM

How long have you been practicing midwifery?

“10 years 2 months.  I have enjoyed sharing the precious moments of birth with families at University of Texas Medical Branch on Galveston Island, Salem Health with Willamette Health Partners Midwives, Royal Commission for Jubail, and now TMC with El Rio Nurse Midwives!

Elizabeth moved here in December of 2015 and says this about working at El Rio.  “When searching for a midwifery practice, I looked for the best team to join and was captivated by both the nature and the amazing team here.”

How do you think midwives impact the practices at hospitals?

“Midwives in the hospitals help keep birth normal, and help personalize the birth experience.  We are great team members with our fellow nurses and interdisciplinary team members.  In the past I have served on two previous hospital OB/GYN peer review boards that helped set standards for better maternal child outcomes.”

What should expectant mothers ask themselves when considering if a midwife is the right choice for them?

“How do you envision your birth? What kind of health care partners do you think will give you the best support as you learn about, plan, and make decisions for your pregnancy and birth?”

What gives you the greatest joy in your work?

“Pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent is a journey in which we often traverse changing circumstances and challenging situations, and I enjoy supporting women and their families as they navigate through. My favorite part of birth is seeing baby tucked comfortably into mom’s arms.

When asked about the birthing environment at TMC, Elizabeth said this,  “I love the way the light comes through the windows and the lovely pink bougainvillea stretch up toward the cacti in the skies.”

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Elizabeth was born in Oregon, but her mother and extended family is from Arizona. She is an avid marathon runner and speaks Spanish. She has three children — Amin, Fatima, and Barakah. And those letters after her name? Elizabeth has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, a Master of Arts, and is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Nurse Midwife. 

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