Midwives provide a tremendous amount of wisdom, knowledge and compassionate support to their clients and the birthing room. Plus, statistics show that when a midwife is present at a birth, medical and pharmaceutical intervention rates decline considerably. Schedule an appointment with Overlake to meet an amazing team of certified nurse midwives and learn more about how they can help you have the labor and delivery you want. In the meantime:
Don’t Fall Prey to Any of These 7 Common Misconceptions About Midwives
- Midwives deliver babies at home. Some midwives delivery babies at home, depending on a state’s laws, others deliver them in birthing centers or hospitals. You can still enjoy the hands-on support of your midwife team while giving birth in the hospital or birthing center of your choice.
- I’ll have to have a natural (drug-free) birth if I have a midwife. It’s true that midwives encourage women to have as few interventions as possible. All interventions come with a risk and the lower risk to mother and baby, the better. However, midwives prioritize their clients’ physical, mental and emotional well-being so if you choose to have interventions, you will be fully supported in that.
- Midwives aren’t formerly trained. It is illegal for any midwife to practice without some sort of certification. You can select a midwife with the level of education, training and certification that you feel comfortable with. You can verify the level of certification of your midwife here.
- Having a midwife at your labor and delivery isn’t as safe as a doctor. If you have your baby with a midwife in a birthing center or hospital, you and your baby are every bit as safe as if you scheduled the labor and delivery with your OB/GYN. The reality is that a midwife has the ability to be with you the entire time, so you have 100% support through the duration of your labor, delivery and the post-partum period. This is something an OB/GYN may be unable to provide due to scheduling and the amount of patients she sees each day and night. At the first sign of complication or trouble, the on-call OB/GYN will be paged in.
- Midwives only handle pregnancy and birth. In fact, midwives are trained in all aspects of routine female reproductive health and care. They can give you your annual pelvic exam, your pap smear and can prescribe certain medications, ranging from birth control to treatments for common gynecological ailments. If something crops up that is beyond their scope of training, they will refer you to a gynecologist.
- Prenatal testing isn’t available through a midwife. With a midwife, you can have all of the same prenatal visits and tests you can have through a traditional Obstetrician. This includes routine lab work ups, genetic screening and ultrasounds.
- Insurance does not cover midwives. Insurance companies most often cover and/or reimburse parents for midwifery care. This is especially true if you visit a nurse midwife through a birthing center or hospital. Call your insurance company to find out what they offer and have them send it to you in writing. In many cases, since midwifery care is cheaper than obstetrical care, the out-of-pocket costs may even save you money.
Are you interested in learning 7 truths about midwifery? Schedule an appointment with a nurse midwife from Overlake OB/GYN. You’ll be grateful you did.