While the term “midwife” may conjure up images of days gone by, the practice is alive and well today for women who want the compassionate care of an expert in pregnancy and childbirth. Recognizing the growing demand for midwives, Monroe OBGYN in Monroe, Michigan, has two on staff, offering you the option to undergo a more natural experience when you bring a new life into the world. To learn more about midwifery, call or fill out the online form to request an appointment.
Midwives Q & A
What is a midwife?
In short, a midwife is someone who specializes in pregnancy, labor, and delivery. But modern midwives go far beyond this simple description, offering women counsel and guidance through every stage of pregnancy and delivery, which includes:
- Nutritional counseling
- Lifestyle support (exercise, smoking cessation, etc.)
- Prenatal exams
- Mental health checks
- Emotional support
- Arrangements for delivery
One of the keys to a good midwife is their relationship with your OB/GYN. At Monroe OBGYN, Dr. Martin Pakideh and Dr. Soudabeh Ahadi fully support the work of the practice’s two midwives for those patients who wish to have more physical and psychological support during their pregnancies. Working closely together, the obstetricians and the midwives provide the best possible care throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
What training do midwives have?
The midwives at Monroe OBGYN are certified nurse-midwives, which means they are registered nurses who have earned degrees in nurse-midwifery and passed a national exam, which allows them to practice in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia.
Through their extensive medical background, as well as their specialized training in midwifery, the midwives at Monroe OBGYN are capable and experienced experts in the field of pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
Am I a candidate for a midwife?
A midwife is a great option if you’re healthy and carrying one child. If you fall into the high-risk pregnancy category, you can still work with a midwife, but the obstetricians at Monroe OBGYN generally take the lead in recommending your care. There are several conditions or circumstances that may place you in the high-risk category, including:
- Being 35 or older
- Carrying multiple babies
- Having a pre-existing medical condition
- Having a history of miscarriage or cesarean section
The doctors at Monroe OBGYN make every effort to accommodate your wishes when it comes to creating your family, but there are times when your care is outside the purview of a midwife. If you’re not in the high-risk group, they fully support using a midwife for a more natural pregnancy and delivery.
To find out whether a midwife is right for you, call Monroe OBGYN or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment.