About Us

Midwest OB/GYN & Midwifery is dedicated to the obstetric and gynecologic care of women.

Midwest OB/GYN & Midwifery is an all female guaranteed delivery practice. Our physicians are dedicated to providing the best care to our moms during pregnancy and females for gyne-care. This care is individualized based on each females needs.

Midwest OB/GYN & Midwifery staff is here to serve you. Appointments are given based on your needs, possibly the same day or the next day depending on the type of visit desired.

The Midwest OB/GYN Midwifery Philosophy

Every individual has the right to safe satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations, self-determination, adequate information, and active participation in all aspects of care.

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) Facts:

  • A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse Midwives.” ACNM 1992
  • CNM practice is the “…management of women’s health care, focusing particularly on pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, care of the newborn, and the family planning and gynecologic needs of women. The CNM practices within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management, or referral as indicated by the health status of the patient.” ACNM 1992
  • Advanced training in midwifery is obtained through university graduate programs.
  • Nurse midwives pass a comprehensive exam for certification.
  • Nurse-midwives are legal in all 50 states and practice in Illinois is in accordance with the Illinois Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act of 1998.

 

Benefits of Midwifery

  • Excellent Outcomes for Women and Infants
  • Fewer Medical Interventions
  • Personalized Care
  • Less likely to have a Cesarean Section

Midwifery Myths

Midwifery Myth # 1 – Midwives deliver babies only at home.

Fact – 98% of all Certified Nurse Midwives deliveries occur in the hospital. Our midwives deliver babies at Alexian Brothers Medical Center. We believe that childbirth is a natural process requiring medical intervention only in special situations. In the hospital, medical intervention is available, but used only when necessary or requested.

Midwifery Myth #2 – Midwives patients cannot receive pain medication in labor.

Fact – Both IV pain medication and epidural anesthesia are available. Because you will have a midwife with you during active labor and delivery, you maybe less likely to ask for these pain relief measures, but the choice is yours. We respect your right to choose the pain relief methods you want. Throughout labor you will also be offered the opportunity to walk around, hydrotherapy tub, shower, sit in a rocker, use massage, sit on the birthing ball, etc. During your pregnancy we will discuss your desires for pain management in labor.

Midwifery Myth #3 – Midwives provide care to pregnant women only.

Fact – Our nurse-midwives provide preventative healthcare to women of all ages, from the first gynecological exam through pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Teaching women how to prevent disease and maintain health throughout the life cycle are the hallmarks of nurse- midwifery care. Whether it is your first exam or you need for us to counsel you about the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy, we will take the time to personalize our care for you. We work in collaboration with physicians who can provide you with the care you may need if you develop a serious medical complication or need surgery.

Midwifery Myth #4 – Certified Nurse Midwives lack the education and training necessary to provide safe care to woman and infants.

Fact – Recent national studies have shown that outcomes for nurse- midwifery care in the U.S., have exceeded the national average. Nurse- midwives, working in collaboration with physicians, have achieved excellent outcomes, as evidenced by a low cesarean section rate and a low preterm birth rate. Nationally these results have been achieved with less use of technology and medical intervention. Women who chose midwifery care because they are seeking an intimate, individualized and less interventionist approach to childbirth, can be assured that they are in safe hands.

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