About our Midwifery Services
We believe our Women's Health Services and Gynecologic Care at our nurse-midwifery practice are unique and multifaceted.
As experienced midwives, who have worked together for a long time, we are committed to our practice and to each other. The midwives in our practice are similar in our philosophy, management and sense of humor.
Our service is comprehensive and full scope. We offer true midwifery care, while being closely associated with our OB/GYN physicians, who are sensitive, skilled and readily available for consultation and referral. Our team approach offers the best of both worlds.
Cornerstones of our Midwifery Practice:
Education and Counseling - If we as consumers are educated and informed, we are part of the decision making process. Obstetrics, Gynecology and health care in general are not beyond lay comprehension.
Active Participation in Decision Making - If we are actively involved in our health care choices, we share in the responsibility for the outcome. Our involvement brings about a feeling of empowerment, allowing us to experience fulfillment and completion in our reproductive health care.
Family Centered and Personalized Care - Birth belongs to the family. The care providers are the honored guests, serving at the side of the woman and family or women and their families. In our practice, family participation is strongly supported and encouraged.
Personalized Care = Choice - In our practice, alternatives are explored. Sometimes a dad wants to deliver the baby; sometimes a sibling wants to cut the cord. The mom may want a completely non-medical birth, with no routine IVs, or fetal monitors; she may want to spend her labor soaking in a whirlpool tub, she may want to deliver squatting, or on her hands and knees, or on her side,...... she may want some pain medication, called "sedation", or she may want epidural anesthesia. In midwifery care, within the boundaries of safety, you get CHOICE.
Time Intensive Care - Providing education, counseling, informed consent and choice are not exclusively the domain of the midwife....but, listening to questions and providing information on options does take time... MIDWIFERY CARE IS TIME INTENSIVE. web site amshealthcare.org