Midwifery at Chatham Maternity Care Center
What kind of care do Midwives provide?
We are proud to offer in-hospital midwifery care at Chatham Maternity Care Center. Midwives offer primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, and care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life. We also diagnose, treat, prescribe, and order lab work. On a community level, midwives are involved in wellness promotion and public health efforts.
How are Midwives trained?
The midwives employed at the Chatham MCC are Certified Nurse-Midwives: Registered Nurses who completed a Master’s of Science in Nurse-Midwifery and passed the American Midwifery Certification Board Exams.
How does a Midwife care for me during labor?
One of the most important hallmarks of midwifery practice is individualized care. You are unique so the support we provide will be tailored to your needs. This support includes methods such as: movement, hydrotherapy, calming techniques, position changes, IV pain medication, and epidurals.
What if I need a c-section?
Midwives collaborate with their physician colleagues in order to provide cesarean births when they are indicated.
What about after my baby is born?
You may see a midwife during your postpartum stay at the Chatham MCC to help you with breastfeeding, newborn care, and any postpartum needs you may have. Midwives will offer you emotional support as you bond with your new baby.
The midwives at Chatham MCC are excited to meet you and honored to care for you and your family!