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Samaritan Welcomes Nurse Midwife


Nadia Graves, CNM, has joined Samaritan Lebanon Health Center. She is a certified nurse midwife, providing midwifery care to people who desire unmedicated labors and births in a hospital setting. Graves specializes in low-risk pregnancy care and births, high-risk pregnancy care in collaboration with an obstetrician, family planning and women’s health care, including care for transgender and gender-nonconforming people. 

Graves earned a bachelor’s degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing, master’s degrees in nursing and business administration from University of Phoenix and nurse midwife certification from Frontier Nursing University.  

She wanted to become a midwife to decrease birth trauma, help families and reach people whose identities have been marginalized. She uses evidence-based practices, listens with intention and includes people in decisions about their health care needs.

“I strive to provide empowering, inclusive, culturally responsible trauma informed care,” she said.

Graves feels a great responsibility in her role as the first certified nurse midwife at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. She values justice, transparency, respect and inclusivity.

“I try to meet people wherever they are in their health care journey,” she said. 

Graves grew up in Michigan, lived in Arizona for 12 years, and spent two years traveling the Pacific Northwest and Southwestern United States in an RV. She fell in love with Oregon when she traveled here. She likes living in a small community and being able to drive to the Cascades and the coast. 

She enjoys spending time with her partner and dog, reading, cooking vegan food, practicing yoga and spending time outdoors. 

Graves is accepting new patients. She can be reached at 541-451-6282.