With a baby on the way, there are plenty of decisions to be made. Choosing a primary health provider for you and your baby should be top priority.
A family doctor or obstetrician may be the first person to come to mind for your pregnancy care, but have you thought about choosing a midwife?
The term “midwife” means “with woman” and midwives have served women during childbirth throughout the world for thousands of years. The modern Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) combines a strong history of care with extensive education and offers patients access to more services than ever before. CNM’s have a Maters of Science degree in nursing as well as clinical training in midwifery. They are nationally certified and licensed in the state of South Dakota by the Board of Medicine and the Board of Nursing.
What is the difference between having a family doctor or a Certified Nurse Midwife deliver your baby?
The philosophy in midwifery is to listen to what women want. Certified Nurse Midwives help women through natural childbirth if that’s what the expectant mom wishes or they also order epidurals for those women who choose to utilize this form of service in the beginning or during their labor. CNM’s offer medical expertise while being a supporting figure throughout the entire pregnancy, birth and postpartum and can also provide psychological encouragement. The midwifery model of care views pregnancy as a normal, healthy process and will provide prenatal visits as well as hands on care throughout labor, birth and immediately after your baby is born.
Certified Nurse Midwives provide both a “high touch, low technology” approach to patient care are well as the components of the latest high tech medical care, including ultrasound and epidurals. Strong lifelong relationships are built by spending more time answering their patient’s health and medical questions.
“Our bottom line is healthy mom, healthy babe. All CNM assisted births occur here at Sanford USD Medical Center. If there is ever a concern with mom or baby during pregnancy or during labor or delivery our physicians here at Sanford are available 24/7 and are very supportive of our practice.” says Terry Engelmann, CNM, Sanford Clinic Women’s Health.
Questions to consider when choosing a provider:
- How long have you been practicing and in what kind of setting?
- What is your philosophy of care?
- What are the eligibility requirements for your services?
- What arrangements do you have if complications occur?
- What are your fees and will my insurance cover them?
- Can my family be present during labor and birth?
Sanford Clinic Women’s Health provides highly experienced Physicians and Certified Nurse Midwives, widely known for providing quality obstetric, gynecologic, and perinatal services. For more information about your health care needs and to schedule an appointment call (605) 328-7700.