The role of the midwife is becoming ever more important as women opt for a more natural birthing experience. The midwives at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group in Park Slope, Bay Ridge, and Staten Island, New York, dedicate their lives to helping women give birth in the most comfortable and rewarding way for each individual. Midwives also play a vital role in ensuring women have successful home births. To speak to a midwife, call one of the offices today or book an appointment online.
A midwife’s role is to monitor and advise women during pregnancy and help them experience a safe and rewarding delivery. The importance of midwives is now becoming more widely recognized, and statistics show that midwife attendance at births is on the increase. Midwives provide emotional support as well as pregnancy and birth advice and often feel more like friends than clinicians.
The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group has two certified midwives on its team, both of whom have extensive experience of helping women with pregnancy and birth. They play a vital role in ensuring the highest standards of care for expectant mothers.
Yes. As of 2010, midwives need to complete a graduate degree to enable them to become a certified midwife (CM) or certified nurse-midwife (CNM). In fact, most midwives also have a master’s degree, and some also have doctorates. Only CNMs can practice in every state.
Guiding a woman through pregnancy and childbirth and having the knowledge and skills to ensure the experience is positive requires a commitment to the profession. Midwives also participate in reproductive care and take part in continuing professional development to keep up to date with developments in the field.
Both midwives and obstetricians are highly qualified and experienced professionals, but their focus is subtly different. Your OB is responsible for your overall health and well-being during pregnancy, and for managing complications that may arise.
The midwife reports her observations and any concerns arising during regular monitoring appointments to the OB, who then assesses the information and adjusts the pregnancy or birth care plan accordingly.
Midwives and obstetricians working together as a team ensure that women receive the best possible care, and there’s no finer example of this principle in action than at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group. Book an appointment online or give one of the offices a call today.