Pregnancy poses a lot of questions, including who to see during pregnancy, an obstetrician or a certified nurse? Nancy Redecker, a midwife with Lee Health, says more patients are choosing midwives during their pregnancy than ever before.
Redecker says 95 percent of all midwives work in hospitals, just like obstetricians. In fact, midwives work together with physicians. “We take care of women who are pregnant. We watch the babies grow, we make sure that everything is ok, we order certain tests, we talk about genetic screening, we council, we educate during the pregnancy, and then at the time of delivery, we take care of them.”
A big difference patients notice between an obstetrician and a midwife are the appointment times. “Our appointments are longer than the doctors so it affords us that time that we can spend together. We will see you many times during your pregnancy. You come in every week at the end and sometimes more if we need to bring you in,” said Redecker.
Another big difference is certified nurse midwives only handle normal pregnancies and vaginal deliveries. If the pregnancy becomes high risk or if the mom needs a C-section, an obstetrician will take over and deliver the baby. “There’s a lot of collaboration where we work together so we are giving the best possible care to the mom,” said Redecker.
Working together to make sure both mom and baby have a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery.
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