Modern Midwifery at Women’s Health Partners in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, FL
Your birth. Your way.
The Midwives at Women’s Health Partners hope to provide unique and individualized care. We understand that childbirth is an exceptionally personal event. We strive to help every woman achieve the experience they desire.
What Is a Midwife?
The Certified Nurse Midwife, otherwise known as CNM, is a licensed and board-certified practitioner. CNMs have an education in nursing and midwifery. Certified nurse midwives have obtained a master’s degree as well as a nursing degree. CNMs are independent practitioners, but frequently collaborate with other members of the healthcare team, including obstetricians.
What Can Midwives Do?
In Boca Raton, FL, Midwives are independent practitioners in women’s and reproductive healthcare. In addition to prenatal care, midwives are fully trained in the scope of women’s healthcare from adolescence to post-menopause. Midwives also perform routine annual reproductive exams, treat infections, prescribe contraceptives, test for sexually transmitted infections, and much more.
Where Do Midwives Practice?
The practice setting and philosophy of midwives is often misperceived. Many people tend to think of a midwife as someone who only attends births in a home setting. Although this is true of some midwives, it is not inclusive of all midwives. Most practice in hospitals, birthing centers, and medical offices.
Why Choose a Midwife?
Midwives believe in individualized, patient (and family) centered care. Midwives recognize that childbirth is a normal life process for many. They provide personalized care by allowing ample time for questions during appointments. Through education, midwives offer support for patients who are active participants in their healthcare.
Midwives go through extensive coursework and training. They are able to quickly identify normal and abnormal symptoms in their patients. Midwives, partnered with physicians, are able to provide complete care for patients.
Pain Relief in Labor
Midwives are well-trained in natural, unmedicated childbirth. They provide support to the individual during labor, and provide alternative methods of pain relief such as massages, position changes, and hydrotherapy (laboring in water). The Midwives at Women’s Health Partners are committed to supporting their patients through the type of labor that is best for them. Individuals can elect whether or not they want to have medicated pain relief during labor. Often times, this is decided as the Midwife and patient are developing a birthing plan.
Our patients do not need to be under the care of an OB/GYN simply because they desire medicated pain relief, such as an epidural. At the Labor & Delivery unit of Boca Regional Hospital, Nitrous Oxide (also known as “laughing gas” or “gas and air”) is available as a self-administered pain relief option. Many find this to be an excellent option for their labor.
High Risk Situations and Complications
Occasionally during pregnancy, medical conditions develop that deviate from normal. In this case, midwives work in collaboration with a physician who will help to co-manage the pregnancy. In most cases, the midwives remain the primary provider for the pregnancy through labor and birth.
During labor and birth, there are sometimes unexpected complications that can arise. Midwives are equipped to recognize any abnormal signs and will seek a physician if needed. Midwives that work in a hospital always have a relationship with a physician who can help in the event of any unexpected situations. The Midwives at Women’s Health Partners are very fortunate to have supportive physicians in close proximity should they need their assistance.