Midwives recognize that each family has their own personal, religious and cultural beliefs. They encourage families to ask questions, spend a lot of time with you listening to your concerns, and provide information so you can make informed choices and decisions based on what is right for you.
Midwives may deliver babies at birthing centers, homes, and they also provide care in hospitals. They are a great option for women who prefer as little medical intervention as possible.
- A Certified Nurse-Midwife is a registered nurse with a graduate degree in midwifery. They have passed the national certification exam of the American Midwifery Certification Board. Like obstetricians, they are able to prescribe medications, and treatments as needed.
- A Certified Midwife has a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than nursing, a graduate degree in midwifery and has passed the national certification exam. They provide the same services as Certified Nurse-Midwives.
- A Certified Professional Midwife obtains training through apprenticeship or an accredited education program. While they can provide pregnancy and postpartum care, they are not able to prescribe medications.
- Other midwives such as those known as lay midwives practice midwifery but haven’t received formal education or passed a national exam.
Obstetricians are doctors who are experts in pregnancy and birth, and they are also trained to handle any complications that may come up. This means they can handle high-risk pregnancies and perform surgeries.
If you are looking for a provider who isn’t likely to use medical intervention and will offer personalized care, you may want to use a midwife. You will probably find a midwife is easily accessible to any questions or concerns you have throughout your pregnancy and she will be present throughout labor and delivery.
At NSAGO we’re proud to say we have the largest private midwifery practice in the area. If you’d like to learn more and see if working with a midwife is a good option for you, contact us at our Wilmette or Glenview office.