Although amazing, being pregnant and giving birth are normal life processes for which a woman’s body is well-designed. Midwives provide attentive, sensitive care to support you through the work of birth, instilling confidence regarding your own body’s ability to give birth.
The Center for Women's Health is proud to have midwifery services. Pregnancy and childbirth are normal, healthy processes. Midwives provide "hands-on" care throughout labor, birth and after.
There are many benefits for the woman and her family in being cared for by a midwife: there is less chance of complications and fewer interventions. Certified nurse midwives work individually with each woman and her family to identify their unique physical, social and emotional needs. You will enjoy the extended time midwives spend with you during labor and birth. Midwives understand that pregnancy and childbirth involve every part of a woman--her feelings, hopes, fears, physical needs, and spiritual beliefs. Your midwife will help you through your labor and delivery in the way most suited to you, and will offer a variety of methods for your comfort and progress during labor. Midwives offer encouragement, massage, relaxation, laboring in water, changing positions and many other approaches to help through labor.
Nurse-midwives work collaboratively with physicians and other health care professionals. Although they work independently in many areas, consulting with physicians is an important aspect of a nurse-midwife's job. In order to have midwifery care during your labor and birth, you will need to have prenatal care through them.