Are you expecting? It’s such an exciting of preparation regardless of whether this is your first baby or you are an experienced mother. At North County Health Services (NCHS), we want to provide you with the best possible experience with your pregnancy, labor and birth. Our goal is for you to feel confident throughout your entire pregnancy, from start to finish, so you feel well prepared to mother your child.
Midwives deliver positive birth outcomes around the world! At NCHS Certified Nurse Midwives work with Board certified Obstetrician Gynecologists to help ensure that you and your baby are as healthy as possible while providing personalized service that you direct.
What Is a Midwife?
“What is a midwife?” is a question we hear a lot from couples looking to start a family. The simplest answer is that a midwife is an individual (usually a woman) that is trained in managing the care of women through the lifespan from adolescence to post menopause. Like many midwives, the NCHS team of midwives primary focus in on pregnancy, labor , birth and postpartum care.
A midwife has extensive knowledge, training, and expertise in helping women deliver their children, which allows them to be able to help all kinds of mothers and future mothers with incredible results. Midwives are well versed in virtually every step of pregnancy from beginning to end: from prenatal care to delivery.
If you desire, midwife services can extend well beyond childbirth: midwives can assist in virtually every women’s health need, including contraceptive counseling, prescriptions, annual exams, and more.
As you learn more about midwives, you’ll likely hear about the different kinds of midwives (which may vary from state to state):
- Certified Midwife – non-nurse who has passed a certification exam and taken a graduate-level midwifery degree program.
- Professional Midwife – a midwife that has also met any requirements for certification from the North American Registry of Midwives
- Direct-Entry Midwife – a midwife that specializes in births that take place in the home or birthing-centers.
- Lay Midwife – a midwife with informal training, typically in an apprenticeship by working alongside a professional certified midwife.
Above all, midwifery care is all about providing mothers and future mothers with a positive and satisfying birth experience by providing unparalleled support throughout the entire pregnancy process, especially including labor and childbirth.
Many women choose midwifery care and midwife services from a midwifery practice because a certified midwife often times has a more delicate, mutual, supportive, and educational role in the pregnancy process. Rather than visiting an ob-gyn (which is still a perfect route to go), midwifery care allows the woman to be more intimately involved in the decision making process for her care. Most NCHS patients report that the midwives caring for them offer a more wholistic approach to the experience of pregnancy and childbirth, and that they feel really listened to by their midwives.
At North County Health Services, we provide midwife services and other women’s health services to help make your pregnancy and childbirth as pleasant and satisfying as possible. At NCHS you will always have a team of professionals at your side, including the midwife, the obstetrician, the registered dietician, a childbirth educator, and even a psychologist if you so choose. Together with your midwife, you can choose who best to support you on your journey to motherhood.
Benefits of Midwifery
There are different ways to approach your pregnancy and childbirth, but there are some benefits that come with having a trusty midwife at your side through every step and decision along the way. If you want an unmedicated birth the midwife and childbirth educators will support your choice and help you prepare to meet that challenge. Many women choose to have pain medication, including epidural anesthesia for labor and birth and the midwife will help you prepare for that too! Breast or bottle feeding? Your midwife is your best resource at helping you with establishing healthy feeding patterns for your baby.
Midwife practices and certified midwives commonly have varied payment options, flexible pricing in select situations, and may even accept a wide range of insurance plans, making it easier to choose the midwife route for your childbirth if it’s a form of care that you are drawn to.
In addition, having a midwife at your side is also known for having the following benefits:
- Decreased risk of needing a cesarean (C-section)
- Less use of regional anesthesia (mother’s choice)
- Decreased risk of preterm birth and infant mortality rates
- Lower costs to you and insurers
- Increased chance of breastfeeding success
- Reduced rates of labor induction/augmentation
- Overall increase in satisfaction of quality care
Contact us today to learn more about midwifery services and our midwife practice. We’ll happily answer any questions that you have so that you can feel educated and confident throughout your entire pregnancy.
NCHS has comprehensive women’s health services and healthcare center locations dedicated to helping you through every step of the pregnancy process and more. Give us a call or send us a message and we’ll help you get started!