Partnership with Valley Perinatal combines sensitive personalized care with top-level medical skills, technology, and techniques.

November 28, 2017, Tucson, AZ – Desert Blossom Women’s Care is the leading midwifery practice in Sierra Vista and currently performs approximately 20 deliveries a month. The partnership with Valley Perinatal brings the support of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Specialist Dr. Elton Bowen to Desert Blossom.

Approximately 20% of pregnancies involve some type of complication, and that percentage increases with age. Women with health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, multiple gestations, or women who become pregnant later in life are often referred to a Perinatologists for added expertise in monitoring their pregnancy leading to better outcomes for mothers and babies, higher gestational ages and decreased NICU stays.

“Our team helps high-risk expectant mothers achieve the best possible outcome,” said Dr. John Elliot, founder and medical director of Valley Perinatal Services. “The fact that we can help so many mothers, who come to us scared and with little hope, speaks to the effectiveness of our program.”

Dr. Elton Bowen of Valley Perinatal will be working with Desert Blossom and will be joined by Certified Nurse Midwives Rebecca Rivera and Patricia Nast in Tucson. Desert Blossom founder Misty Decker will continue to provide midwife services in Sierra Vista. Together they will provide obstetric ultrasound and diagnostics, fetal therapy, genetic counseling, in-utero procedures, assist with deliveries, support high-risk expectant mothers, and provide C-section delivery.

“I am passionate about caring for patients struggling with substance abuse and morbid obesity,” Dr. Bowen said. “Both issues can contribute to high-risk pregnancies.”

Dr. Bowen, a highly trained and experienced Maternal-fetal Medicine specialist, is the former Ob/Gyn Department Chair at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa. Bowen served as a medical officer in the US Navy and held the MFM Department Chair at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia.

“I feel privileged,” Misty said, “to participate in the care, planning, and management of women during pregnancy and birth. My goal is to work in partnership with women and their families to ensure a healthy, fulfilling birth experience.”

Misty Decker is a Certified Nurse Midwife and long-term resident of Sierra Vista. She graduated from Buena High School and received her Associates Degree from Mesa Community College. She has been a registered nurse since 1992 and has over 20 years’ experience in numerous areas of nursing.

The partnership between Desert Blossom Women’s Care and Valley Perinatal Services provides all women with complete care and the continuity of remaining with their chosen care provider in the event of high-risk issues.


About Valley Perinatal

Valley Perinatal Services (VPS) is Arizona’s leading Maternal-fetal Medicine practice dedicated to reducing pre-term delivery and creating the best possible outcomes for high-risk expectant mothers. VPS serves thousands of families annually at their nine offices. Staffed by highly trained perinatologists, VPS addresses the needs of women with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes heart disease, and women with a history of preterm labor, preeclampsia and birth defects. Valley Perinatal founder, Dr. John Elliott, is an internationally recognized authority in Maternal-fetal Medicine and teaches at healthcare meetings, conferences, and symposia around the globe. The VPS team relies on industry-leading experience and expertise to help evaluate, diagnose, and co-manage virtually any high-risk maternal-fetal situation. For more information, please visit or call 480-756-6000.

About Desert Blossom

Misty Decker, CNM and founder of Desert Blossom Women’s Care, anchors the Sierra Vista clinic. Rebecca Rivera, a Full Scope Certified Nurse Midwife and Patricia Nast a Certified Nurse Midwife operate in Desert Blossom’s Tucson clinics. Desert Blossom Women’s Care provides total health care to women of all ages with particular emphasis in pregnancy care using the latest technology and protocols to provide the highest quality care available. Desert Blossom’s midwifery model puts the mother at the forefront of care and tailors the birth experience to her wishes. For more information, please visit or call 520-276-6600.

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