Midwife Program

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The Women's Hospital at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center now offers women the option to give birth using the services of a Certified Nurse Midwife. Women who prefer this option can now select to have a midwife by their side throughout their pregnancy and deliver within the comfort and safe environment of our hospital.

The Women’s Hospital offers a program that brings together different disciplines – including medicine, nursing, and midwifery – to provide the most comprehensive care to women in our community. Certified Nurse Midwives develop a special one-on-one relationship with their patients throughout pregnancy, and work collaboratively with each patient’s obstetrician to ensure optimum care.

When your special time comes, Certified Nurse Midwives provide personalized care during active labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. They support natural childbirth techniques with little medical intervention if you prefer, provide guidance and support during the pushing phase, and offer assistance to find a position of comfort for your labor and delivery. After the birth, they collaborate with our exceptional nursing staff to encourage skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.

Certified Nurse Midwives adhere to the Standard for the Practice of Nurse Midwifery set forth by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and adhere to the same hospital and community standards as their physician and nursing colleagues.

Most insurances will cover midwifery services. We encourage you to contact your insurance carrier to confirm plan benefits.

Meet Our Certified Midwives

Melissa Alexander, MSN, CNM

“Honoring the meaning of the word midwife-with woman-by developing a trusting and mutual relationship with women in support of their health across their lifespan.”

Melissa Alexander has lived in Southern California for the past 5 years. She has worked as a nurse in women's health for over 14 years. Melissa decided to further her education and become a Certified Nurse Midwife; she attended Frontier Nursing University and graduated with honors in 2017. She is excited to join the practice and begin serving the women of Orange County as a midwife. Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2 sons. When she's not catching babies, she enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking, or dining out.

Office Lo​cation: Orange Coast Women's Medical Group

Allison Molinski, MS, CNM

Allison holds a bachelor's and master's degree in nurse-midwifery from Columbia University as well as a bachelor's degree in International development from UC Berkeley. Allison is very involved in women's rights activism and public health internationally. She has been working at both Beach Cities Midwifery and Kaiser Permanente for the past 3 years and is now full time with Dr. James at Laguna Beach OBGYN in Laguna Beach and delivering her patients here at Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills.

As a Midwife she cares for both pregnant and non-pregnant women and takes a more holistic approach to women’s healthcare. She is passionate about natural childbirth and strives to educate women to their options and facilitate whatever birth experience a woman desires.

She was raised in San Clemente and very excited about expanding the midwifery services both in Dr. James' practice and at Saddleback.

Office Lo​cation: 31852 Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Lisa Sherwood, MS, CNM, WHCNP

"Empowering women to trust their bodies and to achieve their desired birth experiences"

As a native of Southern California, Lisa is thrilled to return home and serve the women of Orange County with midwifery care and childbirth options. Her nursing career began as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 20 years, during which time she gained knowledge of the birth process and respect for childbearing women. Her passion for women's health care led her to further her education at the University of Southern California where she became a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She has spent the last fifteen years offering women childbearing options, providing them with support, and empowering them to partner in decision-making regarding all health care choices, especially childbirth. Her sincere hope is to join with the physicians of OCWMG to provide the best care alternatives to women.

In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband of over 30 years and her two adult children, who are indeed the loves of her life. She enjoys many creative outlets, her favorite being that of glass fusing.

Learn more about Lisa.

Office Lo​cation: Orange Coast Women's Medical Group