For centuries, women giving birth have relied on midwives to help them through labor and first few hours of motherhood. Midwives passed their knowledge on to other women, who apprenticed at the side of an experienced midwife.
Today’s midwife is an acknowledged health care professional who continues to play a vital role in the birthing process. Certified nurse midwives are advanced practice nurses who care for women throughout their reproductive lives, including pregnancy, birth and beyond.
“Midwives view pregnancy and birth as normal life events that are best protected through education and support,” said Cheyenne Brown, CNM. “The midwifery model aims to empower women to be active participants in their pregnancies and health care.”
Recognizing the important role midwives play in the birthing experience, Mercy Health - West Hospital’s Prenatal Clinic has expanded to include the Midwife Clinic. Midwives will tailor prenatal care to meet the needs and wants of both the mom-to-be and her baby, while also offering continuous support through labor and delivery, as well as information and support in the postpartum period.
The Midwife Clinic is open Wednesdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. It accepts most insurance plans. Financial counseling is available and staff can determine if patients qualify for financial assistance.
In addition to midwifery care, the Prenatal Clinic offers affordable pregnancy and women’s health care provided by certified nurse midwives who encourage women to seek prenatal care before the 12th week of pregnancy. Available services include:
- Prenatal care coordination - A prenatal nurse navigator guides women throughout their pregnancy, providing educational materials and assistance with birthing class scheduling and hospital paperwork. Patients will receive information on birth, nutrition, child care, safety and mothering issues. The navigator can also coordinate any necessary referrals to an obstetrician, family medicine doctor, social worker or other professional.
- Exploration of birth options – Patients will work with midwives to explore birth options and determine a birth plan that meets their needs.
- Postpartum check-up – After delivery, the Clinic provides a six-week postpartum check-up.
- Breastfeeding services – International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available to support and educate mothers throughout their entire breastfeeding experience.
Language interpreters are always available to patients for whom English is not their first language.
The Midwife Clinic and Prenatal Clinic are located on the West Hospital campus at 3301 Mercy Health Blvd., Suite 285, Cincinnati, OH 45211. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 513-215-9121.