Why Nurse Midwives?
The skills of midwives and their expert knowledge of women’s health care are often overlooked. Many people don’t realize how highly educated today’s nurse midwives are or think that midwives are only knowledgeable about childbearing. But providing care and guidance through pregnancy and childbirth is just part of the range of services offered by midwives. Many midwives can provide care for women of all ages—from teenage years through menopause and beyond. In fact, many women visit a midwife for women’s health needs before, during, and after pregnancy.
Your health needs are unique. To get the care that you deserve, you need a provider who understands you—your past experiences, current situation, future goals, work, family, sexuality, and faith. You may never have stopped to think about what you want and need in a women’s health care provider. Midwives are a great option to provide this personalized care. The profession of midwifery has evolved with today’s modern health care system. But there are many myths about midwives in the United States based on centuries-old images or simple misunderstandings that prevent many women from considering using a midwife. According to a research study conducted among women who chose certified nurse midwives for their birthing experience, there were fewer low-weight babies, fewer cesarean sections, and a lower rate of episiotomies.
Here at Women’s Health & Midwifery, we encourage you to become aware of your health care options and make informed decisions based on what’s best for your own OB/GYN needs and preferences.
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