What is a Midwife?
Throughout time, midwives have been the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. We are experts in normal birth, and view pregnancy and birth as a normal life process. Most people know midwives as birth attendants, but do not realize we also provide a range of reproductive health care. We offer services to women of all ages and stages of life. We also compassionately take care of people who were born with female genitalia, but do not identify as women. As midwives we strive to create relationships with you, which allows us to better understand your healthcare priorities and needs. We also understand that reproductive healthcare is complex. Many of you come into our clinics with your own beliefs about your body and health. These beliefs are informed by your experiences, your culture, your relationships, and sometimes through experiences of trauma. We understand that talking about your reproductive health can make you feel vulnerable. Midwives create safe space so you can bring up all the things.
- Annual exams
- Preventative screenings such as pap smears
- Birth control counseling and prescriptions
- Sexual transmitted infection testing and treatment
- Gynecologic care
- Pregnancy and birth care
- Postpartum care
- Normal newborn care
- Mental health screening, treatment and referrals
- Menopausal care
With our education, focus on research and shared decision-making, we are among the most forward-thinking health providers in the United States today.
The midwifery approach to health care has never been more important. As your provider, we partner with you as you make important health decisions and goals. We understand and value your individual needs.
Midwives focus on what is most important to your unique situation and values. We work closely with other members of the health care team to ensure you get the right care, at the right time.
When considering a health care provider who will best meet your needs, keep in mind that many midwives focus not only on maternity care, but also on the full range of health needs throughout life.
For More information:
Midwifery = High Value Maternity Care Infographic by Every Mother Counts
What is a Midwife? PDF from ACNM
¿Qué Es Una Partera? (What is a Midwife en Espanol) from ACNM