Certified nurse-midwives are specially trained health care professionals who draw upon the vast medical resources of modern hospitals, while still keeping true to the tradition of personal, family-centered, nurturing care.
Our certified nurse-midwives at Baystate Health are highly educated professionals with backgrounds in both nursing and midwifery. All are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, and licensed to practice and prescribe medications by the state of Massachusetts. Nurse-midwifery services are covered by most insurance carriers.
Our certified nurse-midwives are trained and qualified to care for women before, during, and after pregnancy. In addition to providing routine obstetrical care, we also provide regular ongoing gynecological care, including:
- Family planning and birth control
- Preconception counseling
- Prenatal care and education
- Pap smears and pelvic exams
- Diagnosis and treatment of common gynecological conditions
- Breast exams
- Well women care
Our nurse-midwives counsel you throughout your pregnancy to help you make more informed decisions about your health care, prepare you for a safe and satisfying birthing experience, and offer guidance about health and nutrition, as well as newborn, and postnatal care.
We are committed to providing care that is physically and emotionally supportive, and involves family and friends as you wish. We believe in helping you create a birthing environment that is calm, empowering, and supportive of the natural process of labor. We encourage you and your family to include elements of your own cultures and traditions in your pregnancy and birth experiences.
We work together with physicians to care for women with low risk pregnancies. Obstetricians are immediately available for consultation during pregnancy or in the event a problem arises during labor or delivery.
We provide the information you need to make decisions about your baby’s birth, from your preferred methods of pain relief and anesthesia, to the labor positions you’d like to try, and who you would like to have in the room during birth.
Why Choose a Nurse-Midwife?
National health care studies report that nurse-midwife/physician teams have significant advantages over facilities where nurse-midwives are not available. These collaborative teams incur lower health care costs, maintain higher birth weight figures and lower infant mortality rates. There is also a reduce need for episiotomies, anesthesia, and Cesarean sections.
Studies have shown that women who use nurse-midwives have a high rate of vaginal births compared to Cesarean births. The Cesarean birth rate for women who use nurse-midwives is 5-6%, comparable to that in Europe. The U.S. average is about 20%.
Nurse-midwives help women create a caring, comfortable birthing environment that caters to each woman's personal needs. You are encouraged to make decisions about everything from the need for or type of anesthesia you prefer, to the labor position in which you are most comfortable. You can rest assured that, should you need it, we have the most appropriate modern technology at our disposal.
Our certified nurse-midwives work in collaboration with physicians to provide primary care to women with low risk pregnancies. Obstetricians are immediately available for consultation during labor or delivery at both the Wesson Women & Infants Unit at Baystate Medical Center and The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Baystate's Wesson Women & Infants' Unit also offers the latest medical advances in neonatal care, including the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the area.