Holistic Care 4 Womens Health

October 20, 2010

I have been extremely privileged to care for women in Pittsburgh for 11 years as a solo, independent midwife. Happy circumstances are leading me elsewhere and AS OF NOVEMBER 29, 2010 I WILL NO LONGER PRACTICE IN PITTSBURGH.

Arrangements have been made for a smooth transition of care to Emily Deferrari, CNM and the Midwives at Magee Women’s Hospital. Medical records will be housed there and appointments for both pregnancy and well woman care are available by calling:


This is an especially convenient arrangement since we share physician collaborators and they will not change.

I want thank you for your trust and confidence over the years and encourage you to continue well woman care on a regular basis.

Very Sincerely,

Patrick Thornton, CNM

Women's Health Options Network is an affiliation of medical and complimentary health care providers dedicated to offering medically sound, compassionate and holistic health care to women. Care is provided primarily by Patrick D. Thornton, CNM, a Certified Nurse Midwife, who founded the network in 1999. Other practitioners work independently in a variety of fields including chiropractic, massage, childbirth education.

What is a Nurse Midwife?

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM's) are Registered Nurses (RN's) with advanced education in women's health. Licensed in all 50 states, CNM's provide full scope primary women's health services, including gynecological exams, birth control, menopause care and child birth both in and out of hospitals. For several decades, numerous research studies have documented the outstanding quality of CNM care, both in and out of hospitals. With special training in teaching and listening and less pressure to practice high volume health care, nurse midwives are better able to meet the routine care needs of most women. Referrals and consultations are made as needed to surgical, medical or complementary health specialists.