Emily Norland MD, FACOG

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Board Certification

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellow, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


Dr. Emily Norland earned a bachelor of arts in biology from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Norland completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She joined The Polyclinic in 2008.

Special Interests

Dr. Norland’s focus is on helping her OB/GYN partners with after-hours deliveries and obstetric care, assisting in surgery, and seeing patients in the clinic when other providers are on vacation or leave. Her special interests include: the management of abnormal pap smears, colposcopy, laparoscopy, gynecologic and vaginal surgeries, treatment for incontinence, prolapse, moderate-risk obstetrics, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), advanced maternal age pregnancies, contraception counseling, pregnancy options, Implanon contraceptive implant, and general reproductive health care for women.

Practice Philosophy

"I strive to empower women to make informed decisions about their reproductive and gynecologic health. I love working with a patient to sift through all of the information out there and use evidence-based medicine to help her craft a plan that fits with her goals and priorities and her particular medical situation.

Women’s health interests me for many reasons. I enjoy the one-on-one connection I have with my patients and feel I can make a positive impact in their lives. I also enjoy the fascinating intersection between personal, cultural, political and social justice issues. I am humbled by the stories my patients share and it’s rewarding for me to advocate for my patients and for the medical profession locally and in Olympia.

I was a high school science teacher in southern Texas before I decided to go into medicine. I became frustrated with all of the things that impacted the kids’ abilities to learn that were outside my influence as a teacher: nutrition, poor sleep, pregnancy, and sexuality. I found that I needed a smaller classroom with a more favorable teacher-to-student ratio."

Personal Interests

Dr. Norland is an avid runner and cyclist who enjoys competing in triathalons and cyclocross events. She also spends her free time cooking, gardening, foraging and traveling. One of her particular passions is being an advocate for global health and social justice issues.


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