Midwives Model of Care

The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.

The Midwives Model of Care include:

   ◊ Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle;

   ◊ Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support;

   ◊ minimizing technological interventions; and

   ◊ Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma and cesarean section.


Copyright Midwifery Task Force

Kathleen Vande Giessen, CNM

I am Kathy Vande Giessen, a certified nurse midwife of 22+ years with a Masters degree in Nursing (MSN).  I also earned a Masters Degree in Business (MBA).
Prior to my Midwifery education, I was a labor and delivery registered nurse (RN), for 20 years.  I am also a certified Lamaze/International childbirth educator.  My experiences in the labor room during these years have brought me to my current passion in life, meeting the physical and emotional needs of birthing families.
I am equally committed to serving the needs of all women with contraception, STD diagnosis and treatment, annual exams, and menopause issues. 

I married my husband, Jack, in 1967.  We have three children and 9 grandchildren.  After 40 years and several transfers around the country with his work, we are now settled permanently in Houston to focus on my career.

I look forward to meeting you. Please stop by the birth center for a visit.

North Houston Birth Center

This beautiful furnished facility is owned and directed by Kathleen Vande Giessen, CNM, MSN, MBA. It is staffed by one certified nurse midwife and five doulas, who have access to a consulting OB/GYN Physician.  It is for healthy women seeking more personal care