Just like OB/GYNs, Certified Nurse Midwives are highly trained and are a great option for many women. The main difference is that midwives only handle low-risk pregnancies, those without complications. All other cases are handled by our OB/GYNs. It's best to talk to us first to determine the option that's best for you.
Things Women Should Consider
Choosing a midwife or OB/GYN comes down to what you need. Here are some things to consider before making your choice.
Vaginal birth or C-Section?
Midwives are ardent supporters of vaginal births. OB/GYNs may or may not be. If it's important to you, make sure your care provider supports vaginal birth.
Do you want extra labor support?
Nurse-midwives offer a great deal of labor support. They spend more time with patients than a physician is able to. If you have a doula (someone trained to support and help advocate for you through labor and delivery) or other support system, though, this may not be a deal breaker for you.
In a hospital setting, lots of midwives' patients ask for and get epidurals. However, midwives will likely encourage trying medication-free methods to manage pain first. They usually look for pain management techniques that support the natural process. That might mean showers, massage, acupressure techniques, homeopathy, switching positions or trying a birthing ball.
Protocols at the hospital
OB/GYNs usually have more strict protocols than midwives. Some doctors want their patients in bed with an IV, hooked up to a continuous fetal monitor. Midwives generally encourage patients to move around and are also more likely to use intermittent rather than continuous monitoring.
Support during transition to parenthood
Midwives provide nutrition and exercise counseling. They also educate parents on the emotional changes that happen when it comes to becoming a parent for the first time or adding another child to the family.
Are you considered high risk?
OB/GYNs are trained to manage someone with diabetes or other complications. Some midwives, though, co-manage higher-risk patients alongside their OB/GYN colleagues; that means you may see both a midwife and an OB/GYN during your pregnancy. Who ultimately delivers your baby will likely depend on your medical circumstances.
Trust your instincts
Trust your instincts when it comes to choosing who will deliver your baby and where. Meet different doctors and midwives and visit hospitals or birthing centers. You have to give birth where you feel safest and most supported.
Schedule an Appointment with a Midwife
We have two nurse midwives in Edinburg to serve you. Choose the one that best fits your style!