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What Is a Midwife?

Last updated 3 years ago

When you’re pregnant, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is choosing a healthcare provider to care for you throughout the pregnancy, labor, and delivery. One option you have is a midwife. A midwife usually takes a broader view of healthcare for pregnant women than OBGYNs do, focusing on physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing instead of exclusively on physical health and the development of the fetus. At St. Petersburg General Hospital, nurse-midwives are a welcome part of our labor and delivery team. Is a midwife the right choice for you? Here’s what you need to know.

Midwife Services

During your pregnancy, a midwife may spend more time with you focusing on the specific issues you’re having - including how pregnancy and preparing for your baby is impacting your emotional health. They are concerned with overall wellness and healthy living, which in turn makes for a healthy pregnancy. Most midwives do not use the same kind of testing an OBGYN would, such as ultrasounds. Midwives usually believe that low-risk pregnancies don’t require any of these services.

Midwives During Delivery

Generally, midwives believe that your body is your best guide during delivery. Most do not recommend pain medication, fetal monitoring, or other medical interventions and instead encourage women to see childbirth as natural. Your midwife will recommend positions during labor that help control pain and encourage a smooth delivery.

Certified Nurse Midwives

Certified nurse midwives, like those at St. Petersburg General Hospital, are trained in both midwifery and nursing and have passed licensing exams in both fields. By choosing a certified nurse midwife who works in a hospital setting, you get the benefits of the midwife philosophy on pregnancy and childbirth with the comfort of knowing that other levels of care are readily available if needed, such as surgeons to perform Cesarean sections.

Is midwife care right for you? Schedule a consultation with one of the midwives at St. Petersburg General Hospital to find out. We also offer OBGYN care, home-like suites for labor and delivery, and much more. Get a referral to a midwife and schedule a visit to our birthing center in St. Petersburg by calling (888) 741-5122.

 

 

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