Coronavirus, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients from ACOG

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The kinds of pregnancy care services a midwife provides will depend on their certification. At City of Oaks Midwifery, all of our midwives are Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs). They are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and follow their philosophy of care. That means they are trained and licensed in both nursing and midwifery. CNMs are able to provide a wide range of care for women at all stages of life, including during pregnancy. 

A midwife can provide many of the same services to pregnant women as an obstetrician can. Certified Nurse-Midwives usually have admitting privileges at the hospital their practice is affiliated with. However, there is a difference between the care you receive from an OB and the care you get from a midwife. It comes down to how they approach pregnancy and birth.  

Midwives do not treat pregnancy as a medical event, they view it as a natural process that women were built to handle. They believe in minimal medical interventions during pregnancy and childbirth. That means that their care is more holistic and focuses on the woman as a whole rather than just the pregnancy. If you choose a midwife for your pregnancy care, you get many benefits including a decreased risk of needing a c-section or labor induction.

A CNM can provide the following pregnancy care services:

  • Routine prenatal exams
  • Pregnancy education
    • Early pregnancy
    • Childbirth
    • Newborn care
  • Counseling on nutrition and staying active during pregnancy
  • Labor and delivery support
  • Postpartum care
  • Monitoring your overall wellbeing during and after pregnancy

Collaborative Care Model

If you want the personalized and holistic experience a midwife can provide, you can still have the benefits of working with a physician if something unexpected arises. Midwives are often part of collaborative pregnancy care teams that include CNMs, obstetricians, family medicine physicians, and other healthcare providers. You, your partner, your family, or other designated individuals are also an important part of the collaboration. Better patient outcomes are associated with collaborative care. Your CNM will prioritize your wellbeing and minimizing medical intervention, but if complications occur you are able to quickly and safely get the care you need.

Group Prenatal Care

Another approach that midwives take to improve outcomes is group prenatal care. We believe that women should be active participants in the management of their health. City of Oaks Midwifery offers individual prenatal care, but our patients benefit from our Circle of Life & Learning group prenatal care program. Each group meeting includes one-on-one check-ins with your midwife as well as group time focused on educating and supporting expectant mothers. 

If you are interested in getting pregnancy care from a midwife in the Raleigh, NC area, the CNMs at City of Oaks Midwifery are ready to guide you through this exciting time in your life. Call (919) 351-8253 to schedule an appointment or to find out more about our prenatal group care with our Circle of Life and Learning program.

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