When Using a Midwife is The Best Choice For You

Paula Thacker, Julie Jones and Jennifer Jensen, from Riverton HealthCare for Women joined us to answer the question: Why should a woman choose to come to their midwife clinic for care?
 
The certified nurse midwives have Masters degrees. They are registered nurses with preparation, nationally board certified as nurse practitioners and have prescriptive privileges and are paneled with most major insurances.
 
Care is delivered using a team approach where they take time to listen, try to understand and assimilate what they are being told. Often times, they even teach or explain the patients aspects of their condition to them to format a plan of care together. 
 
Included are the ways that the clinic approaches prenatal care for expectant mothers: 
 
Obstetrical Care
  • Experts in uncomplicated pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum
 
Hospital Birth
  • Make certain there is time for your comments, questions and concerns
  • Recognize and manage possible problems as they arise —
  • Review Birth Preference List- or Birth Plan- for labor and Birth
  • Skills to support either epidural or un-medicated labor and birth 
  • They have Obstetrical consult available- if needed 
 
Menopause
  • Realize every woman is an individual
  • Individual Hormone evaluation and support
  • Quality of life issues
  • Physical discomforts- and relief measures both natural and medical
 
Sexual Concerns and Dysfunction
  • Painful Intercourse and/or Pelvic Pain
  • Evaluation of Decreased or lack of Libido
  • Hormone Dysfunction- Evaluation and Maintenance
  • Physiology of mind body connection as related to sexual function
  • Counseling Appointments Available
PCOS- Metabolic Syndrome
  • Often infertility is involved
  • Explanation and understanding of the physiology
  • Plan with the patient for individualized treatment and management
  • Medication - Diet changes - Exercise
  • Ongoing support and follow-up
  • Endocrinology referral as needed
Other: 
  • Depression- Perinatal Mood Disorder
  • Depression
  • Post Partum Depression 
  • Pre-Marital Exam and Counseling
  • Contraception
  • Problem periods
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection
  • Urinary Tract Infections
 
Screening Tests and Referrals including:
  • Routine labs at Annual Exams including
  • CBC, CMP, TSH, and Fasting Lipids
  • Mammography - starting at age 40
  • Colonoscopy - starting at age 50
  • Bone Density Scan - starting at age 65
  • Genetic Screening such as BRCA 1 & 2
  • Physical Therapy
  • Mental Health screening
  • Testing may vary depending on individual family history
 
Birth data are available from the National Center for Health Statistics.
 
For more information visit the website http://www.rivertonhealthcareforwomen.com/
 
 
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