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What is a Midwife?

October 3, 2018

National Midwifery Week is September 30 – October 6, 2018


National Midwifery Week (#NMW2018) was created by ACNM to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care.  But what exactly is a midwife?


Many women tend to think of midwives as playing a supporting role in the pregnancy and childbirth experience, similar to doulas or lactation consultants.  But a midwife is, in fact, a professional trained specifically in assisting women with every aspect of pregnancy, from prenatal care to delivery.  What’s more, her job doesn’t necessarily end with pregnancy.  You can see your midwife for just about all your women’s health needs, including your annual exam, contraceptive counseling and prescriptions.


According to Rebeccah Fletcher, DNP, APN, CNM, “The word midwife means ‘with woman,’ and that’s what we’re all about really, is just being with women throughout their entire pregnancy, there for the birth, and beyond. Throughout their whole life, we’re available.”


Midwives often lend a more personal touch to the pregnancy experience compared to OBs, emphasizing the physical, emotional and social needs of patients.  Rebeccah even knits hats for her patients’ babies.


“A lot of women desire a low-intervention, hands-off birth, and this is something that Shawnee has allowed us to provide for our patients,” says Megan Walker, DNP, APN, CNM.


Midwives honor the normalcy of women’s lifecycle events, and believe in “watchful waiting and non-intervention in normal processes,” according to the American College of Nurse Midwives.


What are patients saying about our midwives?

“And of course Megan I can’t say enough about! THANK you for being there for me on one of the scariest days of my life. I was so nervous about childbirth and wanted fabulous people to make the day great and you def made it very special! You will always be a special person in my little families life.”


“We couldn’t have asked for better care for Jensen and I and if we ever decide to have another, they will be the ones to share our experience with us again! Thank you all for everything you do!”


“Megan and Rebeccah are truly trailblazers in our area! So awesome to have strong women help other women achieve their goals.”


“Megan and Rebecca hands down I would recommend for anyone. I had Megan during delivery and she was a light during the storm when I didn’t think I could do it any longer. She reassured me that everything was going to be ok and with that reassurance I delivered a beautiful little boy.”


“We could not be more thankful to the midwives and the team at Shawnee! It was a complete 180 experience from our first and I know a lot of the reason why is because of the team we assembled! Yay for rocking the VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Thanks for supporting mom’s in efforts many practices won’t!”


If you are expecting and think a Nurse Midwife is right for you, call Shawnee Health Care, OB/GYN.
(618) 519-9200.



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