Midwifery Care - Anne Arundel Women's Health
Our highly skilled midwives will spend time developing a relationship with you, as we aim to provide the best care possible for your overall well-being in addition to your pregnancy. We will discuss things such as diet, lifestyle choices, supplements, familial risk factors and natural management options. In the labor and delivery setting, our midwives will give you emotional support, and encourage ambulation, relaxation and effective breathing patterns. We also offer alternative pain control techniques. We encourage ideal birthing plans, and anything to make the birthing experience beautiful and memorable. The Public Citizen's Health Research Group reported that women were half as likely to have a cesarean section birth when cared for by a midwife.
We offer annual exams and healthy lifestyle counseling; breast and cervical cancer screening; management of abnormal pap smears, including performing colposcopy; contraception counseling and management, including oral, transdermal, subdermal and intrauterine methods; STD screening and treatment; evaluation and management of chronic vaginitis; evaluation and management of menopausal changes; hormone replacement therapy, including holistic alternatives; preconception counseling; routine prenatal care of the well woman; postpartum care and support; and breastfeeding support.
FAQs about Midwives
- Do midwives only deliver babies?
In addition to prenatal care, certified nurse-midwives provide health care to women during all stages of life. This includes annual well woman exams, screenings, prescribing medications, gynecologic care, healthy lifestyle counseling, and more. Aside from performing surgery, a certified nurse midwife is trained to provide all other services provided by an OBGYN.
- Do midwives have formal training?
In order to be a certified nurse-midwife, one must have a master’s or doctorate degree from an accredited nurse-midwife program, and then pass the American Midwifery Certification Board exam.
- If I have a midwife, does that mean I won't be allowed to have pain medication during labor?
No. Your midwife can offer all the same pain control options as any other provider would.
- Will my insurance cover a midwife to take care of me during my delivery?
Yes, however as with any procedure or hospitalization, it is always best to check with your insurers specific coverage. Most all insurances recognize midwives as independent obstetrical practitioners.
- What happens if I need a cesarean section during my labor?
A cesarean section must be performed by an OB-GYN physician; however, your midwife will go with you to the operating room to assist the surgeon and to make sure you still achieve the positive birth experience you desire.
- I am not someone who believes in a lot of holistic or alternative medicine. Does that mean a midwife isn't for me?
Not necessarily. Just because your midwife has special training in these arenas, doesn't mean she will try to force them upon you. Your midwife's job is to provide a healthcare experience tailored to your specific needs and desires.
Choosing a Midwife as Part of Your Birthing Plan
Our team of women’s health experts includes 10 certified nurse midwives. Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period.
Our midwives strive to create a continuous, compassionate partnership with each patient and use individualized methods of care and healing as guided by best practices. We incorporate therapeutic use of physiological and emotional support paired with skillful communication for the best possible outcomes.
We honor the normalcy of women’s lifecycle events and believe in watchful waiting and non-intervention in normal processes. We use appropriate interventions and technology for current or potential health problems and we collaborate with physicians and other members of the health care team as needed to provide optimal care. And we offer up-to-date medical options for pain control for those who prefer a medicated birth.
Our midwives are specially trained to provide a wide range of holistic services to our patients to provide a whole body experience. During labor, our midwives may use the following holistic techniques with our patients:
- Sterile water papule injections for back pain/back labor
- Cranial sacral therapy
- Spinning babies (read more here)
- Myofascial release
- Essential oils