Gina Cardona, CNM, MSN, is a certified nurse-midwife at the Women's Healthcare Associates Midwifery Birth Center in Portland, Oregon.
"After experiencing labor and birth outside of the hospital setting, I feel that my level of empathy for women in labor grew. After that experience, I was able to connect and really validate how hard labor is and how much uncertainty there is in the process. I also learned to appreciate how important one's surrounding and environment is while birthing and how a birth center truly supports and helps facilitate normal physiologic birth."
Gina’s first experience with birth was as an Americorp volunteer nurse working at a birth center on the Texas-Mexico border. Caring for moms and babies, supporting water births and doing postpartum home visits, her love of midwifery began and she returned to school to become a certified nurse-midwife. Since then, Gina has mostly supported Spanish-speaking women in out-of-hospital settings at birth centers around the country. She is passionate about providing family-centered, quality health care to women during motherhood and particularly enjoys caring for women and families through multiple pregnancies and births. Her expertise in normal physiologic birth and her interests have led her to midwifery conferences in Mexico and Central America, where she’s been able to shadow and learn from home birth midwives in these countries.
Originally from the Midwest, Gina has one young son and enjoys going to the beach and finding lakes and rivers to go swimming. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Master of Science, Nurse Midwifery, University of Colorado-Denver, 2008
Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
Certificate of Completion, Surgical First Assisting at Cesarean Delivery, Thomas Jefferson University, 2020