Both midwives and obstetricians are skilled in providing care for women during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. Midwives offer a natural holistic approach to pregnancy and birth. In most cases, they spend more time with you than an OBGYN would, including time spent supporting you while you are in labor. They are experts in low-risk pregnancy and birth while being able to manage certain higher risk conditions. They are not able to perform surgeries. Obstetricians are doctors who are experts in pregnancy and birth, and they are also trained to handle any complications that may come up. This means they can handle high-risk pregnancies and perform surgeries.
What is midwifery care?
Midwives have been the care provider of choice for thousands of years. Midwives are perhaps the oldest profession. We support women in having a safe, physiologic birth by providing health care in pregnancy and labor, honoring you and your partners beliefs and choices.
Who can have midwifery care?
Midwifery care is an appropriate choice for healthy, low risk women. We also offer collaborative care with our physician team for high-risk pregnancies.
Do you offer home births?
While some midwives do offer home births, we deliver babies in the hospital.
If a Midwife Delivers My Baby, Can I Still Have an Epidural?
Do Midwives Perform C-sections?
Do you support vaginal birth after c-section?
Studies show that women and infants both benefit from a trial of labor. VBAC is a safe option in most cases. We have supported many women in successful VBACs and would love to help you navigate the benefits and minimal risks. Careful detail is given to each patient’s history and an individual care plan is developed taking into consideration history, risk factors, and potential success rates.
Can I See a Midwife if I’m Not Pregnant?
Yes. The midwifery approach involves helping you make informed choices about your care and educating you on your options. Most often, women choose a midwife because it makes them feel relaxed and confident with their care. A midwife can help with:
- Issues related to your menstrual cycle, including irregular, heavy, or uncomfortable periods.
- Preconception counseling.
- Decisions about birth control, including the pros and cons of different birth control methods.
- STD testing.
- Evaluating your personal health risks and working with you on prevention strategies.
- Minor in-office procedures
- Infertility care