Personalized Care for Your Specific Pregnancy Needs in Arlington Heights
When you are pregnant, you have a number of choices for your prenatal care, labor, and delivery. Choosing to work with a midwife can give you a more personalized care experience before, during, and after childbirth with a focus on natural delivery and minimal medical interventions. When you seek your midwifery care at Northwest Professional Obstetrics & Gynecology, you will not only build a relationship with your midwife, but you will still have access to superior medical care from our obstetric team when you need it. Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect when working with a midwife at our Arlington Heights office.
What Is a Midwife?
Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses with advanced training in midwifery. They have graduated from an accredited nurse-midwifery education program that includes a university degree as well as hands-on clinical training, and have passed the national certification exam. CNMs work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians and other healthcare providers to meet all aspects of women’s healthcare needs.
Midwife means “with woman.” As your partner in care, our Certified Nurse Midwives at NWPOG will provide you with information and resources and work with you to make important decisions. This shared approach to decision making and partnering in planning your care is a key aspect of our midwives’ approach to health care.
Puberty, pregnancy, birth, and menopause are normal events in a woman’s life. For most women, they are not diseases or emergencies. Our midwives provide care from your first period until after menopause, providing: care during teenage years; management of menstrual problems; contraception; planning for pregnancy and fertility counseling; care through pregnancy, labor and birth; treatment for sexually transmitted infections; annual gynecologic exams; screening for and prevention of health problems; and management of menopause symptoms. CNMs are licensed to prescribe a full range of medications and treatments and order and evaluate appropriate tests.
Midwives are best known for providing care and guidance for women through pregnancy and childbirth. Midwives view pregnancy and birth as normal life events that are best protected through education and support. Our midwives are experts at recognizing and taking action in an emergency if necessary. However, most situations are not emergencies. There is time to work with your midwife to understand your choices and consider the options available to meet your personal needs. Midwives are skilled at supporting women who want to give birth without medication and without interfering with the natural process of labor and birth. Our midwives will partner with you on making decisions around pain relief techniques. Whether you wish to use methods such as relaxation techniques or movement during labor or try IV, epidural, or other medications, your midwife will work with you to help meet your desired approach to birth. Midwives are able to provide different levels of care depending on a woman’s individual health needs. If you have a chronic health condition, our midwives may still be able to provide some or all of your direct care with the collaboration of our obstetrician Dr. Levy.
Is a Midwife Right for Your Delivery?
If you are interested in a natural childbirth, a midwife is often the right choice, because midwives will only utilize modern medical interventions when they are absolutely necessary. You might also have more one-on-one time with your midwife than you might with an obstetrician, so you will have added support throughout your pregnancy, which can be especially helpful for a first-time pregnancy.
What Additional Types of Care Can a Midwife Offer?
While the primary focus of a midwife is prenatal care and support in the delivery room, midwives can provide a wide range of other healthcare services to help you stay well both before and after your pregnancy. Here’s a closer look at what midwives can do to assist in your reproductive healthcare:
- Preconception planning – You might seek the care of a midwife before you get pregnant for preconception planning, which might include nutritional counseling and a discussion of existing health conditions that may impact your pregnancy.
- Lactation counseling – Many new mothers will have difficulty breastfeeding, and limited support is available at the hospital. A midwife can help you breastfeed successfully so that you are able to bond with your baby and provide the most nutritious diet possible.
- Contraceptive counseling – Once you have had your baby, you might talk about contraceptive use for your future family planning. New moms will have special needs for contraceptives, and a midwife can work carefully with you to help you understand your options.
To schedule a consultation with a midwife at Northwest Professional Obstetrics & Gynecology, give us a call today at (847) 577-2229. We understand that no two patients are alike, so we will provide a completely personalized experience for your unique healthcare needs.