Woman occasionally choose to place their prenatal care, labor and delivery in the hands of a midwife, usually in a hospital. Over 7,000 midwives practice in the U.S. and participate in 10 percent of births. Ob/Gyn Specialists of the Palm Beaches was in the forefront and has an 18 year tradition of including midwives as an important part of their obstetrical team, where they provide care for pregnant women and attend births.
How is a midwife different from an obstetrician?
Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses with additional graduate training in midwifery. They’re specialists whose professional philosophy focuses on providing pregnant women accessible, dignified care, emphasizing choices, minimizing medical interventions without sacrificing cutting-edge medical care. While doctors have to budget time to deal with pregnancy complications, midwives have the luxury of spending time on a broad spectrum of normal concerns that families have. At each prenatal visit, their goal is to discuss whatever is on a woman’s mind — from birth plans to choosing a car seat.
At Ob/Gyn Specialists of the Palm Beaches, midwives and doctors work together in an integrated practice. This means that if a pregnancy becomes high-risk or complications arise, the woman will not have to abandon her midwife and transfer to a different office. She can continue to see her midwife for ongoing support and an obstetrician or perinatologist for management of the complications in the same practice. Working together provides women with the best of both worlds.
Ob/Gyn Specialists of the Palm Beaches has many full time midwives in the Group:
To talk with one of the midwives or to make an appointment, call (561) 655-3331.