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Care Credit

A Midwife and Physician Collaboration

July 10, 2019

The midwife’s grip tightened around the soon-to-be-mother’s hand. Natural childbirth requires a certain amount of grit, and more importantly, support. Midwives understand the power of a hands-on approach during such intense labor and delivery. The midwife smiled as the woman squeezed back, welcoming the guidance. The joy of bringing life into the world never ceases to amaze.

It is becoming increasingly common for women to seek out alternative methods to deliver their baby. Many expecting mothers are turning to midwifery practices in hopes of having a natural childbirth.

Oakland Macomb OB/GYN provides women with physician and midwife collaboration.  Many of our low risk patients meet a midwife at their first OB appointment and are hooked.  Midwives work specializes in normal pregnancy and vaginal births. They work with expecting mothers to educate them on reproductive health and provide superior prenatal care.  Additionally, midwives provide ongoing support through labor and delivery to ensure both maternal and newborn safety. Overall, a midwife offers an intimate, hands-on approach with one on one support to their pregnant patients. 

The midwives at Oakland Macomb have all reached the highest echelon of midwifery training.  They are Certified Nurse Midwives. Having achieved their RN degree, worked on a maternal unit and then completed a formalized midwifery program. As a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), they turn to their clinical experience and educational background to provide a “high touch, low tech” approach to childbirth.

Our low risk patients decide if they would like to be managed by a physician or a midwife.  It is fascinating to see the wide geographic draw our unique midwife offering has. It is not uncommon to have patients drive 2 hours to see Kathy Figurski CNM or any of the Midwives.  The close relationship that the midwives form with their patients is unequaled in modern medicine. 

Kathy Figurski - Midwife Oakland Macomb OBGYN
Kathy Figurski – Midwife at Oakland Macomb OBGYN

So what is the role of the doctor in the patients desiring a midwife birthing experience?  One of our physicians is on call and backing up the midwives if the situation calls for additional intervention.  There are times when a collaboration or meeting between the midwife, physician and patient is done to discuss the best way forward.  According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, maternal and newborn health care is most effective when doctors and midwives work together.

Having a strong line of communication between the two parties is important when it comes to the patient’s maternal health. When doctors and midwives have a strong working relationship, their goals are united, and they can lean on each other’s strengths to ensure a safe childbirth.

There is a lot to consider when looking into a midwifery health care services.. The support women receive, both physically and emotionally, while working with midwives is often unmatched. For low-risk pregnancies, natural childbirth through the care of midwives is a viable option.

These tight bonds do not end after delivery.  Certified Nurse Midwives are specifically trained and continue to provide well-woman care throughout their patients lives.  They do yearly physicals, pap smears, breast exams, order mammograms and colonoscopies. They are experts in contraception and provide initial evaluations of many gynecologic issues such as recurrent infections, abnormal bleeding and infertility.  

Consider the benefits of a Certified Nurse Midwife experience for your next pregnancy or women’s health concern.  For more information, contact Oakland Macomb OB/GYN for an appointment and a formal introduction.