Jefferson University Hospitals

Midwifery

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Welcoming your baby into the world is one of the most significant moments of your life, and the collaborative and compassionate Midwifery team at Jefferson is here to help every step of the way. 

Jefferson’s certified nurse-midwives (CNM) are experts in the ongoing traditions and evolving technology of this widely-used holistic healthcare practice. We are a care-based team comprised of 9 midwives with various backgrounds in clinical training, as well as multi-lingual fluency. 

As equity-oriented healthcare providers, midwives provide care that is individualized and family-centered, emphasizes shared decision-making, and is characterized by a focus on wellness and health promotion within the context of their client’s lives and priorities.

What are Midwives? 

There are several types of midwives, all with varying levels of training, who provide support and care for mothers. Midwives help aid in healthy pregnancies and births, as well as the postpartum stage, by creating individualized care for each patient. 

This is done by focusing on the physical, psychological, and even social needs of a mother, as well as providing education, counseling, and overall care. 

What Do Midwives Do? 

A midwife provides care before, during, and after pregnancy. In addition giving emotional, physical, and educational support to mothers, a midwife’s duties can include assisting in labor, monitoring overall health of mom and baby, and providing follow-up care.  

Midwives also provide healthcare beyond pregnancy and birth, and can help adult women throughout their lives. A midwife can perform gynecological exams, prescribe contraception, and aid in menopause care, among other duties. 

Midwives care for birthing individuals regardless of their preferences for pain management in labor, and can help their clients navigate those decisions prenatally as well as during the labor process.

Choosing the right midwife for your low-risk birthing plan (as well as other milestones in your healthcare) may be an ideal fit for women and childbearing people without complex health histories. 

Our Midwifery Services

Our services include: 

  • Pre-conception education and planning
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition, exercise, and diabetes management
  • Hospital birth
  • Comfort measures and optimal positioning for physiologic labor and birth
  • Navigating decision-making during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum periods
  • Care during and after pregnancy loss, with referrals as necessary
  • Trial of Labor After Cesarean (TOLAC)/Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Wireless monitoring on labor and delivery
  • Immediate skin-to-skin contact immediate skin-to-skin contact and delayed cord clamping for all clients, as long as it is deemed safe
  • Contraception education, initiation, and management
  • Pap smears
  • Annual gynecologic exams for women and individuals across the LGBTQ spectrum
  • Care during menopause

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