What are the benefits of choosing a midwife?

Stacy Hudepohl, CNP, explains the benefits of midwife and OB/GYN care. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are the benefits of choosing a midwife?

The benefits of a midwife for prenatal care and for delivery are that a midwife is going to focus on the woman as a whole. She's going to focus on her family. Because a lot of times, women will come to us wanting a home birth or wanting a more natural setting, and although in the state of Ohio, nurse midwives cannot perform home births, we can come to a happy medium. We act as their advocate in the hospital setting, and even in the physician setting of providing them with a natural approach or even an epidural if they like. Actually providing the woman with the type of birth that she would like, of course within reason.

 

Midwifery care provides a focus on personalized, comprehensive, and low-risk prenatal and birthing care, according to the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal NursingOff Site Icon (JOGNN). Midwives facilitate natural processes and emphasize holistic care, according to the JOGNN. Having the care of an OB/GYN is especially beneficial for high-risk pregnancies, according to the JOGNN.

Many years of research show evidence that the quality of midwifery care produces positive outcomes for the mother and infant, states the American College of Nurse MidwivesOff Site Icon (ACNM). The ACNM states that studies have shown that midwifery care produces the following outcomes:

  • Higher rates of breastfeeding
  • Lower rates of cesarean birth
  • Lower rates of induced labor
  • Lower use of regional anesthesia
  • Significant reduction in the incidence of third and fourth degree perineal tears

For more information about the benefits of a midwife or OB/GYN, talk to your doctor.

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