Diane M. Dirks, CNM
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Diane M. Dirks, CNM

About

My long and winding path as a midwife began in the early 1980’s at LA County USC Women’s Hospital working as a nurse on the High-Risk Labor and Delivery Unit (5L) at a time when there were 50-80 births a day! This is where I first encountered midwifery care, inspired by the midwives’ calm presence instilling confidence in our patients. Loving what I experienced, I pursued midwifery and graduated from the USC Nurse Midwifery Education Program, onsite at Women’s Hospital, in 1988. I was privileged to join the staff and faculty working alongside 32 knowledgeable midwives, creating space for unique family-centered care for our underserved patients on the Normal Birth Center. 

My experience with labor and birth over the years has been gleaned through a variety of settings: homebirth, birth center, and community hospitals in the Pasadena area where we live. I have grown to respect the beauty of how a woman’s body is designed to give birth with natural support as well as appreciate the availability of tools, if needed, to promote healthy outcomes. I enjoy working on the team of UCLA OBGYN/Midwifery because of the varied ways we are able to support childbearing families in a collaborative way.

My husband Paul and I delight in our adult children and 4 grandchildren and others on the way. Having little ones again gives me fresh appreciation for what expectant parents are experiencing in this season of life. I continue to be awed by the miracle of pregnancy, birth, and the unfolding story of family life. As a midwife on our team, I am grateful to be part of building trusting relationships helping patients feel heard while imparting evidence-based information with shared decision making. I value each person and family's story of which I am privileged to be a part. I consider it a joy and honor to be a supportive presence with families as a UCLA midwife.

Languages

English

Education

Medical Board Certification

Certified Nurse Midwife, American Midwifery Certification Board, 1989

Degree

CNM, University of Southern California, 1988

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Lactation support
Well woman visit
Pregnancy counseling
Pregnancy