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Spring is in the air, and the weather is downright hot for this time of year in Albany!

Spring is also a time of renewal and birth.  So what better time than to introduce you to the newest members of our team!

We are elated to introduce you to our experienced nurse midwives!

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Over the next several weeks, we will present each of our nurse midwives individually on our blog so you can get to know each of them better. They bring a wealth of different professional and life experiences to our practice. Some of you may already know our midwives as two of them have been practicing in the Albany area for many years.

So the question we posed to our midwives is: “What is a midwife?”

Barbara: A midwife is an educated and trained professional, who is “with woman” providing healthcare and support at every stage during a woman’s life. Certified nurse midwife (CN) is a nurse, before becoming a midwife.  A CNM may also be called a licensed midwife (LM, ) who is licensed by the state.  Both are board certified healthcare providers.  Caring for women in a wide variety of settings, a midwife may utilize an office, home, hospital or birth center.  Practicing independently, a midwife is an expert with low risk healthy women.  A midwife utilizes collaboration with physicians for women with some risk factors but may also coordinate a transfer of care to a physician, if the woman is of high risk.  A midwife improves safety and health outcomes by employing knowledge, skill and trust in the normal physiologic state of pregnancy and birth.  A midwife often utilizes a holistic view of the woman in providing care. Integrating the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects is essential in my vision of midwifery care for women.  As a midwife, I hope to empower women through their participation, education and my support of each women’s choices about her health care.  I feel these concepts are vital during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum, as well as with gynecologic health for all women.  Having a partnership in caring for women is important in my midwifery-patient relationship.

Lisa: I’ll answer this question in two ways. First, clinically, a midwife is a post-masters trained, state licensed, and board-certificed provider of women’s health care.  Midwives are trained to provide well-women care, family planning, prenatal and menopausal care, providing care for women through all stages of her life.  Midwives have full prescription privileges, including pain medication and epidurals in labor if a patient desires.

But for me personally, the essence of being a midwife is rooted in the belief that women have within them the ability to accomplish amazing and extraordinary things.  It is a deep privilege to walk alongside women and families as they navigate the monumental stages in their lives–to possibly include pregnancy, birth, postpartum care, and the well-women challenges of maturity.  I strive to create space for women to be listened to, and feel respected.  This is an evidence-based approach that has unlimited potential for excellent health and optimal patient outcomes.  It’s my intention to practice in such a way that a woman is at the center of her own health experience, and we individualize her care to address each patient’s specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Padi:  The word midwife means to be “with woman”.  The most common way that midwives are associated with fulfilling this role is attending to women during birth.  However, as a certified nurse midwife (CNM), a midwife is also able to perform annual exams, write prescriptions, provide basic nutrition counseling, health education and discuss reproductive health.

If you would like to know if midwifery care is right for your health conditions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!  Our midwives are accepting new patients.