To provide personalized care the Certified Nurse Midwives at Northwest Professional OB-Gyne in Arlington Heights draw on many disciplines, not only midwifery, but nursing, psychology, nutrition, social science, human development, public health and medicine. This broad background helps our midwives to understand each individual woman and her needs and provide a whole-woman approach to care. Our midwives see your health as a part of your life that influences and is influenced by all the other parts of your life.
Midwives Listen to Women
Women want a provider who will involve them in making decisions for their health, labor and birth. Midwives listen to your concerns, educate you about the issues and options and work with you to find a solution that is best for you. Your midwife strives to be your partner in care, not just your provider of care.
Evidence Based Care
The care midwives provide is based on evidence of the benefits for mother and baby. Midwives don’t interfere with the normal process of pregnancy, labor and birth as long as there are no problems. Our midwives will work with you to help you stay healthy and avoid complications. At the same time, midwives carefully monitor women during pregnancy and labor, identify problems and know what to do to manage them if they should arise. With this approach, women midwives care for are less likely to have a cesarean section, have labor induced, or have an episiotomy.
One of the first—and biggest—decisions you will make during pregnancy is who will provide your care. Obstetricians are the first choice of many women, but midwives can also be the right option for some patients. Although midwives are the primary caregivers in births in many other countries, myths about the profession mean that many women in the United States overlook this option. For instance, many women assume that midwifery services are restricted to home births and that midwives can’t provide medications during labor and delivery. In reality, the vast majority of midwife births take place in the hospital, and midwives can prescribe pain medications in the same way your doctor would. Get the facts about midwifery in Arlington Heights in this infographic from Northwest Professional Obstetrics & Gynecology .
Chris Butler brings an extensive and varied background in women’s health, labor, and delivery to Northwest Professional Obstetrics and Gynecology . She is committed to women’s health in Arlington Heights and believes in empowering women to make their own choices about pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
After receiving an associate degree in nursing, Chris worked first in medical-surgical nursing and then in labor and delivery. During her time in the labor and delivery unit, she also attended a home birth and eventually decided to work for the doctor that performed the home delivery. Inspired by the home birthing experience, Chris returned to school to earn her bachelor’s degree and midwifery certification. Now, Chris practices as a midwife and helps women make informed choices about labor and delivery, including how to manage pain.
In addition to labor and delivery services, Chris provides well woman exams, birth control counseling, and post-partum healthcare. As a La Leche League leader, Chris also counsels new mothers in breastfeeding.
Menopause is one of the most significant transitions most women will face in life, and for many, it can be challenging. The good news is the gynecologists have more tools than ever to help with menopause management near Arlington Heights . With the right treatment, you can control your symptoms and ease many of discomforts that are common during menopause. Consider talking to your gynecology specialist about these menopause management options.
Moisturizers and Lubricants
Vaginal dryness after menopause is extremely common, thanks to a decline in estrogen levels. To cope with this symptom, which can cause painful sexual intercourse, your gynecologist may suggest over-the-counter vaginal lubricants to use during intercourse as well as over-the-counter vaginal moisturizers. For many women, these over-the-counter remedies provide sufficient relief. For severe vaginal dryness, topical estrogen creams may be helpful.
Urodynamic Testing and Treatment
During menopause, many women experience urinary incontinence. At your gynecology practice, urodynamic testing is used to determine what kind of incontinence you are experiencing. After diagnosis, your doctor can offer treatments, such as medications that help to control an overactive bladder and surgery to strengthen the muscles that prevent urine leakage. Sometimes, women experience more than one kind of urinary incontinence during menopause, so multiple treatments may be needed.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy can help with a number of different menopause symptoms, from hot flashes to mood swings. However, it is not right for everyone, because it can increase the risk of blood clots, stroke, breast cancer, and gall bladder disease in some women. Your gynecologist will help you decide if hormone replacement therapy is an option for you based on several different factors, including the severity of your symptoms and your health history. For some women, the benefits of using hormones during menopause outweigh any associated risk.
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- Dr. Karen L. Collins
- Birth Control
- Birth Control Pills
- High-Risk Pregnancy
- Women's Health
- Zika Virus
- Midwife Care
- Annual Woman Exam
- Infertility Treatments
- Essure sterilization
- hormonal problems
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