Many women are now looking for a more personalized pregnancy experience and options to support a natural childbirth.
At The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, our team of midwives offer compassionate, one-on-one care throughout pregnancy. If you have yet to consider working with a midwife, consider the many benefits they offer as you navigate pregnancy and childbirth.
What to expect from a midwife
The role of a midwife is to provide high quality prenatal care and monitor your health throughout pregnancy with the ultimate goal of guiding you to a safe delivery. Your midwife works closely with our obstetrics team and addresses any prenatal concerns or health complications you have during your pregnancy.
Midwives not only provide you with whole-body medical support, but you can also lean on them for emotional support through the ups and downs of pregnancy. Our midwives at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group have extensive experience and training to ensure you receive the highest quality of care.
In addition to helping you manage your pregnancy, your midwife team can also assist you with the following:
- Gynecological exams
- Nutrition counseling
- Contraceptive counseling
- Labor and delivery care
- After-birth care and breastfeeding
- Menopause management
Working with a midwife also provides a variety of benefits you may not even know about.
5 benefits of working with a midwife
When you choose to work with one of our qualified midwives, you get many benefits that can improve your pregnancy experience.
Women with low-risk pregnancies who work with a midwife are more likely to have a natural childbirth without anesthesia. Your midwife can guide you through labor and childbirth, often without the need for anesthesia.
Because of the support of a midwife, many women are able to deliver their babies outside of a hospital setting, such as at home.
Some of the other benefits of working with a midwife include the following:
1. Reduced rate of labor induction
Because spontaneous labor offers many benefits both to the expectant mother and the newborn, midwives focus on preventing the need for labor induction.
The care and education midwives provide can reduce the likelihood you’ll need to be induced with medications or have your water broken to facilitate labor and delivery. Your midwife also assists you with making the most informed decisions about labor induction if you’re not progressing naturally.
2. Reduced need for a Cesarean section (C-section)
Births that are attended by a midwife have a reduced risk of requiring a C-section. One study found that the risk was lowered by 30% for first-time moms and 40% for women who had given birth before.
3. Lower risk for episiotomy
Midwives use a hands-on technique to reduce the risk for tears in the perineum, the area between the vulva and anus.
This protective technique can also lower your need for the surgical cutting of the perineum, a procedure known as an episiotomy.
4. Decreased rate of preterm birth and infant mortality
Around the world, an estimated 2.4 million children die within the first month of birth because of a lack of quality prenatal care and care at birth.
The continuity of care midwives provide can significantly reduce your risk for delivery complications. Working with a midwife has also been shown to reduce the rate of preterm births by up to 24%.
5. Transitional support in the days after birth
In the early days of new motherhood, your midwife will be there to assist with breastfeeding, bathing, and other essential care tasks. This ongoing support can help you and your baby thrive.
If you’re expecting for the first time or are looking for a more personalized pregnancy experience this time around, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group today.