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Maria Openshaw


4.6 out of 5 (64 Ratings)



About Maria Openshaw

Maria Openshaw is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing since 2014 and joined Southcoast OB/GYN in 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish at Bowdoin College and a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Midwifery from University of California, San Francisco. Her clinical interests include reproductive justice and health equity, global health, and family planning.

Maria started her healthcare career in pediatric research, and would review postpartum medical records as well as interview participants about their pregnancy, labor and birth. She was inspired to become a midwife to help improve the health of families, and ultimately unite the two narratives so that the patient and provider are on the same page, leading patients to be more satisfied with their care. Maria’s philosophy of care is to honor the unique experiences, preferences, and stories of every patient and family that comes under her care. She welcomes all families in her practice, including immigrant families and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

When not at work caring for her patients, Maria enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, home design, and traveling. She appreciates the historic architecture and seafood of the Southcoast.


Practicing at the following locations:

Southcoast Physicians Group Obstetrics & Gynecology

543 North Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

P: 508-973-2208

Get Directions 41.6367632 -70.955847

Insurances Accepted

Southcoast accepts most major insurance plans. Call the Southcoast patient registration department at 844-297-2952 or your health plan with any questions regarding coverage.

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Patient Comments (9)

At Southcoast Health, we strive to deliver exceptional patient care along with an exceptional patient experience. We appreciate all of your feedback and share your comments to recognize the wonderful care our teams provide to you as well as identify areas for improvement.

  • Maria is compassionate and easy to talk to. She listened and answered every question. She is kind.

  • She explained everything very well and addressed all my concerns

  • I am very pleased with all office personnel and their courteous manner. They are always professional and easy to communicate with especially with my pregnancy questions and needs.

  • The provider seemed very knowledgeable, and I felt really listened to all of my concerns without making me feel foolish despite my rollercoaster of emotions during the visit. Overall I had a great experience and my provider seemed very knowledgeable and kind, which are important for me especially during this next step in my life.

  • My child care fell through due to COVID-19 and I had to bring my baby to my appointment with me. In the room, but before being seen the baby was crying. Betsy came in and offered to watch the baby while I was in my appointment. I was seen by CNM Maria Openshaw for the first time. She was so nice and took the time to go over all concerns, questions and reassured me about things going on. She conducted a thorough exam but explained what she was going to do before each thing. All the staff were beyond helpful with my baby and making sure I didn't have to reschedule my appointment. I cannot say enough how appreciative I was to all the staff today especially.

  • Hello, I like how Dr. María treated me, she is very good, how to explain everything and I really like that she took care of me. That is my experience.

  • This experience was extremely pleasant. All of the staff is cheerful and friendly. They made my experience here one of the best I've ever had.

  • Dr Openshaw was absolutely pleasant and eased any and all anxieties I had. I highly recommend her and plan on returning to her. I am also recommending her to close friends. She is absolutely wonderful at what she does.

  • Everyone was wonderful, the medical assistant was new but was extremely helpful and so nice! And the provider listened to all of my questions and didnt make me feel rushed.

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