Nurse-Midwifery at St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group – for a powerful birth & beyond

St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group provides integrated Nurse Midwifery care as part of our comprehensive reproductive health services.

What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?

CNMs are advanced practice nurses trained to provide comprehensive care during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding. After your pregnancy, CNMs can help you with your family planning needs, wellness visits, and provide care for gynecological concerns.

The Midwifery Difference

Nurse-midwives offer a holistic approach to pregnancy and birth. We recognize pregnancy and birth are a powerful and transformative stage in your life. We partner with you in this process and support you to make informed, empowered choices for your health. We believe in your body’s ability to birth your baby safely, but if the need arises, our CNMs work together with our physician colleagues to provide safe and satisfying care.

Studies show that families who are attended by Nurse Midwives have fewer cesarean sections, labor inductions, medical and surgical interventions, and preterm deliveries. Midwifery care also leads to increased rates of breastfeeding, earlier detection of post-partum depression & anxiety, and increased rates of positive birth experiences.

Nurse-Midwifery Services:

  • Prenatal Care
  • Hospital Birth
  • Lactation support
  • Pap smears & wellness promotion
  • Family Planning
  • Infection Screening
  • Conception planning & fertility
  • Menopause care

The Best of Both Worlds

At St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, women can enjoy the best of both the medical and midwifery model. Women can experience a normal healthy pregnancy and birth process with medical support close at hand.

Procedures Performed

24-hour Neonatal Support

In the first 24-hours our physicians monitor your baby’s health.

Breastfeeding Support

There are often many questions about breastfeeding, especially for first time mothers, such as breastfeeding positions and the use of a breast pump

Endocrinology Evaluation

This is a diagnostic evaluation of hormone levels after childbirth.

Conditions Treated

Gestational Diabetes

This develops during pregnancy (gestation) and causes blood sugar levels to be too high.

Hormone Disorders

Hormone imbalance can impact a woman’s health at different stages of a woman’s life, including blood pressure, kidney function and metabolism.

Our Providers

Our Provider

Diane Upton, CNM
Diane Upton, CNM
City:  Orange

Diane Upton is a certified nurse-midwife and has over 30 years’ experience as a labor and delivery nurse at St. Joseph Hospital Orange. She was the clinical coordinator in labor and delivery for over 20 years. Diane completed midwifery school at Frontier Nursing University in Tennessee. Diane has two a master’s degrees one in Midwifery and one in Nursing Education. Other certifications that Diane has include inpatient obstetrics and neonatal resuscitation and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Diane’s philosophy of care is partnering with women to meet their needs and providing the best possible care for every stage of their pregnancy. She feels that good communication between midwife and patient is important, and that the more the patient knows about her own pregnancy, the better the outcome for both mom and baby.

Our Locations

Orange - Chapman

Orange - Chapman

2501 E. Chapman Ave.

Orange, CA 92869

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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