The Many Benefits of Having a Midwife by Your Side

Pregnancy, labor, and delivery can be an exciting time for new parents-to-be, but it can also be overwhelming and potentially stressful at times. Midwives can be a valuable resource for everything from education to medical care, as well as serving as a vital member of the birthing team.

Here at Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia, Dr. Thomas Hatchett, certified nurse midwives Britteny Barron, and Emily Jones, and our top-notch team provide personalized, state-of-the-art care for women in all stages of their lives, including during pregnancy and your baby's birth.

What is a midwife?

Midwives are specially trained health professionals who help women with uncomplicated pregnancies navigate their journey through pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the postpartum period. While they serve as the point person during the process, they work as a team with your obstetrician for necessary evaluations and screenings and if any issues should arise.

Midwives can be a good choice for women with low-risk, normal pregnancies. For individuals with a more complicated pregnancy, who are at risk of gestational diabetes or preeclampsia or who will need to be induced, an obstetrician may be a better option.

Role of the midwife

Midwives perform prenatal exams to monitor your physical and psychological health. They can educate you about a healthy diet and exercise as well as what to expect during pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. In addition, these health professionals deliver babies, help with lactation, and share information about caring for a newborn. They can also provide crucial support during the postpartum stage.

Benefits of a midwife

Using a midwife can have many benefits, as they provide a special combination of practical, emotional, and social support. They can teach parents-to-be about different types of birthing plans and help them determine what type of labor and delivery experience they want to choose.

In addition, they can help couples learn pain-reduction techniques and aid in their implementation during labor. They can also serve as an important partner in the quest for as natural a childbirth process as possible, if that is what the parents-to-be want.

One of the midwife's goals is to help make sure the mother-to-be and baby are healthy and happy. They provide emotional support throughout the process and help minimize the amount of stress during childbirth.

Finally, midwives can become a social support system. Often during this journey, women bond with their midwives and seek them out in the future with health-related questions or issues about themselves or their babies.

Whether you're considering using a midwife for your pregnancy or are looking for an obstetrician, book online or call our office at 706-229-4718 today to make an appointment to learn more about our team and your birthing options.

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