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Nurse-Midwifery

At Baystate Health, our certified nurse-midwives offer the benefit of state-of-the-art hospital care along with a focus on a natural birth experience. They are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and licensed to practice and prescribe medications by the state of Massachusetts.

NURSE-MIDWIFERY SERVICES

Our certified nurse-midwives care for women before, during, and after pregnancy. In addition to providing routine obstetrical care, they also provide ongoing gynecological care, including:

  • Family planning and birth control
  • Preconception (before pregnancy) counseling
  • Prenatal care and education
  • Pap smears and pelvic exams
  • Diagnosis and treatment of common gynecological conditions
  • Breast exams
  • Well-woman/ preventive care

Nurse-midwives collaborate with physicians at both Baystate Medical Center and Baystate Franklin Medical Center to care for women with low-risk pregnancies. Obstetricians are immediately available during pregnancy or in the event a problem arises during labor or delivery.

WHY CHOOSE A NURSE-MIDWIFE?

Nurse-midwives believe in allowing for the most natural birth experience possible. They work closely with new moms to create a calm, supportive, and empowering birthing environment.

During your pregnancy and delivery, nurse-midwives at Baystate:

  • Help you make more informed decisions about your healthcare
  • Prepare you for a safe and satisfying birthing experience
  • Offer guidance about health and nutrition, as well as newborn and postnatal care
  • Provide care that is physically and emotionally supportive
  • Involve family and friends as you wish
  • Allow you and your family to include elements of your own cultures and traditions in your pregnancy and delivery
  • Encourage you to make decisions about pain medication and labor positions

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