Each year, certified nurse midwives (CNMs) attend over 320,000 births in the United States, accounting for 12% of all vaginal births and 8.2% of total births (source: American College of Nurse Midwives). In recent years, the decision to have a natural childbirth under the supervision of a midwife has become increasingly popular, as more women are developing an interest in healthy lifestyles and drug-free birthing experiences.
Providers at East Valley Women’s Midwifery Group are pleased to offer full midwife services to women in Mesa, AZ. Our certified nurse midwife’s services include prenatal care, labor and delivery care, postpartum care, and other gynecologic services:
- Well-woman GYN visits for routine annual exams including pap smears, mammograms, lab tests, birth control and hormone replacement therapy.
- Infection testing for UTIs and STDs.
- Birth control counseling for diaphragms, IUDs, Nexplanon® and referrals for tubal ligation or Essure®.
- Management of abnormal pap smears.
- Screening and treatment of vaginal infections.
- Assessment and treatment of abnormal periods.
- Assessment and treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome.
What Is a Certified Nurse Midwife?
Our certified nurse midwife has a Master of Science in Nursing with formal midwife training. In order to become a CNM, a candidate must become certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Many patients may think that that midwives are strictly focused on pregnancy care. While CNMs have extensive training and specialization in prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care, they can also meet the full primary health care needs of women of all ages.
What Are the Benefits of Seeing a Midwife During Pregnancy?
A 2013 review published by The Cochrane Library found that the use of a midwife for natural childbirth resulted in favorable outcomes for many women. “Compared with women who mainly saw family physicians or obstetricians, or whose care was shared by some mix of doctors, nurses and midwives, women who had a midwife as their lead provider had fewer interventions and were less likely to deliver a premature baby,” summarizes The Huffington Post.
Furthermore, women who saw a midwife throughout their pregnancy were less likely to have…
- An epidural painkiller
- An episiotomy (an incision made in the perineum during birth)
- A delivery using instruments, such as a vacuum or forceps
The American College of Nurse Midwives cites the following benefits of receiving midwifery care:
- Decreased risk of needing a cesarean
- Reduced rates of labor induction and augmentation
- Reduced use of regional anesthesia (Epidural)
- Decreased infant mortality rates
- Decreased risk of preterm birth
- Decreased third and fourth degree perineal tears
- Lower costs for both clients and insurers
- Increased chances of having a positive start to breastfeeding
- Increased satisfaction with quality of care
Is A Midwife Right for Me?
Whether you choose to see a midwife or an OB/GYN physician for your pregnancy is entirely up to you. There is not necessarily a right or wrong option, as both types of health care professionals can provide excellent care. Here are a few differences between the way midwives and OB/GYNs tend to approach pregnancy, labor and delivery:
- Midwives view pregnancy, labor and birth as natural processes. We want to support and encourage this process through nutrition and exercise in pregnancy. In labor we may encourage movement and positioning, use of water for labor support, essential oils and massage depending on your birth preferences. We can order pain medications and epidurals. We work with the obstetrician/gynecologists to provide you with high quality, safe, satisfying care.
- Many women choose to work with a midwife because they want personal care and attention. At East Valley Women’s Midwifery Group, your Certified Nurse Midwife will take the time to get to know you as an individual. Personalized care and support throughout the entire pregnancy is one of the hallmarks of our care.
Most women have the option to see a midwife for prenatal and birth care. However, if you have a serious chronic medical condition, such as heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes – or have experienced a serious complication in a previous pregnancy – then you may need to see an OB/GYN for care. In some cases, it’s possible to receive joint care from an OB/GYN and CNM.
What Should Patients Expect?
Patients who come to East Valley Women’s Midwifery Group can expect the highest level of professional and personal care. We believe in the Midwives Model of Care, which includes:
- Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle.
- Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support.
- Minimizing technological interventions.
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.
Schedule Your Prenatal or GYN Appointment With a Midwife.
To learn more about your options, contact East Valley Women’s Midwifery Group at our Mesa location on the campus of Mountain Vista Medical Center in the medical office building (10238 E. Hampton Ave., Suite 212, Mesa, 85209). Call 480-632-2004.