Pregnancy and Birth

Mother and newborn infant

While different for everyone, pregnancy is a life-changing experience. Our midwife-led team’s approach to your personalized prenatal and postnatal care is low-intervention, emphasizing the support and empowerment of you and your family.

Cheshire Medical Center offers the natural birth experience many parents prefer within an environment that includes additional medical resources as needed.


A Baby-Friendly Designated Hospital

Baby-friendly, evidence-based best practices are designed to optimize bonding, like initiating skin-to-skin contact as soon as your baby is born. They are also designed to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in the first few days of your new baby’s life. Learn more at Baby-Friendly USA

Midwife-led team

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) provide regular gynecological services, monitor pregnancies, attend labor, and deliver babies. Our CNMs' approach to pregnancy care emphasizes your choices and minimizes medical interventions without sacrificing the latest medical care. CNMs enhance the normal process of pregnancy and birth through education, health care, and supportive intervention. CNMs view you as a partner who actively participates in your health care.

Our CNMs also work in close collaboration with our obstetrician and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) for higher-risk pregnancies. All of these providers meet Dartmouth Health system’s rigorous standards, and our nursing staff represent professionals with specialized skills, degrees, and certifications.

Beth Wood stands on the steps outside her business in downtown Keene holding her baby

Beth Wood's Story: Delivering During a Pandemic

Cheshire’s midwifery, labor and delivery teams balance providing safe and comforting care for moms with rigorous COVID-19 safety precautions.

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Choosing care and support for each stage of your pregnancy

Learn more about the services Cheshire’s pregnancy and birth team offers new and expecting parents:

  • Newly Pregnant - Empowering, evidence-based Centering Pregnancy® prenatal care, wellness counseling, education and exercise, and robust medical supports
  • Preparing for Delivery - Doula assistance, natural birth options, Baby-Friendly designated practices, and specialized care backed by real-time telemedicine with the Dartmouth Health Children's
  • Going Home - Regionally-renowned lactation support, postpartum education and exercise, and a seamless transition to your child’s pediatric care

Integrated behavioral health consultations are available for people at all stages of pregnancy.

Pregnancy and birth education

Our team is committed to helping you make informed choices and helping you and your baby get a safe and healthy start. Even if this is not your first pregnancy, taking part in classes can help you feel ready to take the best care of your new child. For more information, visit our Childbirth Education page, view the class schedule in our calendar.


Mothers in Recovery 
Are you pregnant and in need of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder? You are not alone, and help is available for you in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. Learn more about our Mothers in Recovery program.