What is a Nurse-Midwife?
A nurse-midwife obtains a bachelor’s degree first, then a graduate (Master’s) degree, to become a midwife. We are licensed in all 50 states and, unlike professional midwives, Nurse Midwives can prescribe medication and order/ perform procedures like ultrasounds, labs and other tests.
A nurse-midwife can provide gynecological care for you throughout your entire life, not just during pregnancy. Midwives provide care for women from adolescence through menopause. This includes birth control, annual exams, pap smears; all types of medical issues including infections, bleeding irregularities, breast issues, depression, anxiety, trouble conceiving, pain, incontinence, and difficulty with sex (just to name a few). We are also educated and certified to provide newborn care for healthy children until they are 28 days old. We’re more likely to be able to suggest options that are more holistic and that can help avoid more invasive procedures like surgery.
Nurse midwives are specially trained in normal pregnancy and birth. We know how to educate, counsel, and support women and their families through their pregnancy events to help prevent problems whenever possible and, if needed, can then intervene.
We are also experts in evidence-based care. We stay current on the latest research, so we can offer all options that are available for you and your family. One of several benefits of choosing a midwife. We specialize in several areas of women’s health and infant care. Below is a list of some of the services you would get when choosing a Beginnings Birth Center nurse-midwife for your woman-focused needs.
Nurse-midwives are in it for the long-haul. We just don’t serve you for one event in your life. We plan on being there with you every step of the way to help with a variety of needs. Family planning is a long-term aspect of a woman’s life. So, whether you are trying to find the right birth control, or are interested in becoming pregnant, we are here to offer our guidance. Family planning should not be handled as a one-size-fits-all approach. We take our time to get to know you, learn about your short-term and long-term goals, and create a plan that perfectly fits your needs.
Approximately, 200 million unplanned pregnancies occur yearly, resulting in late prenatal care and poor perinatal outcomes. With preconception counseling, midwives educate men and women on the importance in preparing for such a miraculous event. We focus on risks assessments, early health promotion, and much more to help you become the healthiest version of yourself—both physically and emotionally—before embarking on your pregnancy journey. It’s never too early to begin preparing your body for your bundle of joy. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about preconception counseling, and how you could have a healthy head start on building a family.
We are an evidence-based practice and we take pride in building strong relationships with the women and families we care for. As nurse-midwives, we provide quality, long-term care to promote women’s health. Just like gynecologists, we conduct complete physical exams including pap smears and breast exams, but we take it a step further as we invest personal time to cater to your specific needs. We are concerned with your overall well-being. Beginnings Birth Center nurse-midwives care for women from adolescence to menopause years. We know how to help women who are entering a different phase in life and are experiencing hormonal issues.
Mental Health Care
As stated before, we not only ensure you are the best version of yourself physically, we also ensure you are at your best emotionally, and mentally. We play a key role in promoting emotional and mental well-being in women and children. Mental illness during pregnancy and post birth has become a major health issue over the years. We are dedicated to preventing the onset, escalation, and/or negative impact of mental illness, and provide personalized care plans to meet specific needs. With us, you have a support system that will come together to care for you and ensure you are at your best for yourself and your family. Feel free to call us today.
Difficulty with Sex
At one point or another, some women notice trouble in the bedroom. Many issues can occur at any phase of the sexual response cycle and can cause stress, concern, and even affect a relationship. Midwives know the female body inside and out and since we are educated and dedicated to women’s wellness, we can offer our expertise to help solve several sex issues. So, whether you are experiencing pain during sex, a declined drive, issues with orgasms, or any other problem, we can help.
Newborn Care (Up to 28 Days)
In addition to caring for you and ensuring you are well on your way to recovery, we also care for your baby and ensure everything is flowing well between you two. The first thing we help with is the newborn transition as we lay him/her skin-to-skin with you to establish a bond and the breastfeeding process. Once you are ready to take in some information, we educate you on what to expect within the upcoming days and weeks. Your care and recovery are important for both you and the baby, so we leave you with key information that will help you and baby. We see you and your baby in our clinic for regular check-ups to make certain you both are progressing well. During these visits, we evaluate your well-being, along with the baby’s vitals, development, and growth. If you have any questions about breastfeeding during this time, we also provide lactation consultant services. As nurse-midwives, we are focused on supporting you and your baby’s physical and emotional needs. We can discuss postpartum expectations, normal behaviors, and anything else that may be on your mind. With us, you have a community of support.
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We are so excited to announce that construction began last week on Beginnings Birth Center! Old walls are coming down and the new space is starting to take shape. The layout includes 3 birth suites, 4 exam rooms, a beautiful family – friendly waiting room, reception desk, education space, and kitchen.
“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe Harm
Let’s be straight from the start, the thought of a home birth scared the crap out of me. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to birth (or I was)