When you’re expecting, there are so many things to plan and prepare for, from choosing names to designing the nursery to arranging for childcare. At Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare in Fayetteville, Newnan, and Stockbridge, Georgia, we know that one of the most important things to prepare for is the type of care you receive while pregnant and during labor and delivery.
If you’re interested in individualized care in an intimate, family-centered setting, our compassionate Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) providers offer safe and comprehensive services from conception to postpartum care. We work closely with our physicians to ensure a safe and healthy experience for mom and baby.
If you’re considering midwifery services as part of your prenatal and birth plan, here’s what’s included and what you can expect.
Support and empowerment
The midwifery model of care is based on the belief that pregnancy, labor, and delivery are natural and normal life processes, not medical events. As such, our team of CNMs empowers you by fostering the inherent ability and strength you already have.
We offer guidance and support through education on childbirth, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and newborn baby care. And we work closely with our team of physicians to ensure your needs are met if any challenges or complications arise.
A partnership with your provider
The word midwife means “with-woman,” so it makes sense that the CNMs at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare partner with you during your pregnancy and childbirth to ensure you have an active role in your health care decisions.
Since midwifery services place you as the primary decision-maker, having a midwife as your partner can help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your pregnancy, more confident during labor and delivery, and better prepared to handle the postpartum months with your new baby.
Active assistance during labor
With obstetrician-attended births, your doctor checks in on you throughout your labor but spends most of their time with you when you’re in active labor and delivery. In other words, OB/GYNs don’t usually spend a lot of time with you leading up to active labor.
During labor with a midwife practitioner, you can expect support and guidance throughout the entire labor and delivery experience. The CNMs at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare work with you to provide assistance with techniques, such as natural pain relief, focused breathing, walking, and positional changes to help advance your labor.
Natural birth with medical support if needed
Many women opt for a midwife-assisted pregnancy and delivery because they hope to have a natural childbirth without unnecessary medical intervention. Midwife-attended births are less likely to involve medically induced labor, epidurals for pain control, and episiotomies during delivery.
Partnering with a CNM can also reduce your risk of an unplanned C-section as we work with you during labor to advance your child’s birth naturally.
At the same time, through our close partnership with the medical physicians at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare, we can provide medical support, such as IV medications or epidurals, if your plans change or if the health of your baby necessitates additional care.
Comprehensive, personalized care
All of our providers at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare are committed to providing you and your baby with comprehensive, personalized care. Our CNMs offer support and expertise that is medically based and individualized to meet your needs.
At Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare, your pregnancy, labor, and delivery needs are met in an intimate, family-centered environment where you feel confident and cared for from conception through postpartum care. We’re proud to offer the best in obstetric services, from conventional approaches to holistic midwifery services.
If you’re ready to learn more about what’s included in midwifery services at Southern Crescent Women’s Healthcare, book an appointment online or over the phone today.