Most women have an obstetrician during their pregnancies. Obstetricians provide prenatal care and attend over 90% of births in the United States, but despite their popularity, they aren’t the only medical professionals who can provide pregnancy care.
In fact, choosing a midwife could give you a more personalized birth experience. Certified nurse-midwives (CMNs) are highly trained professionals who specialize in prenatal and postpartum care for moms and babies, and it’s time to learn more about what they can offer.
Our midwives at ObGyne Birth Center for Natural Deliveries are licensed to provide care for women with low-risk pregnancies. If you’re curious about having a midwife by your side during your pregnancy, here’s what you can expect with the nurse-midwife model of care.
Every pregnant woman needs prenatal care to ensure she and her baby are as healthy as possible. Prenatal appointments begin around week 8 of pregnancy, and continue until you deliver your baby. These visits track your health, as well as your baby’s growth and development.
While obstetricians and CNMs are both qualified to provide prenatal care, CNMs generally take a more personalized approach. Your midwife takes extra time to get to know you, your needs, and your goals for your family.
We do all the same routine tests and screenings, but we also work with you to prepare your birth plan. We take your preferences into consideration and help you determine where you want to give birth, whether you hope for an unmedicated birth, and more.
Traditionally, obstetricians aren’t present for the duration of labor. Doctors may come in and check on you periodically. If you want ongoing support, a midwife stays by your side throughout labor and delivery.
Your midwife prioritizes your comfort and safety during labor. They help you learn how to listen to your body. Depending on your goals for your birth experience, they can suggest positions and drug-free methods to relieve discomfort and support delivery.
Evidence suggests that women who have midwives attending their pregnancies and births typically need fewer medical interventions. These interventions include labor-inducing medication, epidurals, and even cesarean section.
If you want a natural birth experience, a midwife can support you in that decision. CNMs can prescribe medication and epidurals if needed, but typically don’t rely on medication during birth as often as doctors.
Many women who have obstetricians only have one checkup after their baby is born. They are focused on caring for their baby. Pregnancy, labor, delivery, and caring for a newborn takes a toll, and midwives offer extra support for postpartum moms.
Our midwives maintain regular appointments with you, even after your baby is here. If you’re breastfeeding, they help you get started and offer continuing lactation support.
They also provide other recommendations to help you and your partner adjust to life as new parents, including closely monitoring your physical and mental health to ensure you’re recovering from birth and as well as possible.
Schedule an appointment to meet our midwives at ObGyne Birth Center for Natural Deliveries. Call our Forsyth, Georgia, office at 478-772-3780 or book online now.