Second Opinion Magazine
Five Ways a Midwife Can Help During Pregnancy and Labor
Certified nurse-midwives provide personalized medical care in general women’s health for women in their adolescent years through menopause, with a large focus on pregnancy care and childbirth. Nurse-midwives are licensed healthcare professionals with master’s degrees in nursing and midwifery, and regularly keep up to date on the latest research, putting a focus on education and healthy lifestyles. Because of their degrees, certified nurse-midwives are able to provide not only the supportive care that women expect during pregnancy and labor, but also the scientific knowledge needed for safe medical practice.
The blended approach of science and personal support allows them to guide expectant mothers on a holistic journey during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. “With a midwife, you’ll feel empowered during pregnancy and childbirth,”says AnnieBailey, Certified Nurse-Midwife. “We understand that each woman’s healthcare journey is unique, and we tailor healthcare options to meet individual needs and expectations.”
Pregnancy, from the very beginning stages to holding a little one for the first time, encompasses many facets: family planning decisions, pregnancy care, labor and delivery care in the hospital, medical care for mom after delivery, and breastfeeding education and support.Certified nurse-midwives are with mom and baby during this entire process. Specifically during labor, they help in five significant ways:
They work with a team of doctors, nurses and support staff in both the clinic and hospital setting to provide the best possible care for mom and baby.
They attend and deliver your baby independently within the safety and comfort of a hospital, but they also have the full services of the hospital and access to obstetricians in the event of a complication.
With a certified nurse-midwife, you’ll have the support and guidance through a holistic pregnancy journey and a non-medicated labor, however you also have the option for medication during labor if you choose.
Your midwife will be by your side during labor and delivery, providing you with clinical expertise, encouragement and emotional support.
You can continue to see your midwife for your medical care after baby is born.
“I encourage women and their families to be actively involved in their care and make informed decisions, while respecting their unique needs, values and beliefs,” says Karen Johnson, Certified Nurse-Midwife. “I enjoy working with women to identify their birth preferences and what they desire for the birth of their baby. It’s an honor to witness the birth of these little ones and the creation of a family.”
Annie and Karen are Certified Nurse-Midwives who provide pregnancy care at Prevea Health Centers in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Menomonie and Mondovi, and deliveries at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s Hospitals. To schedule an appointment, call (715) 717-3870.