Practice Seeks to Educate Expectant Mothers that Physicians and Midwives Can Work Together

Top Quote A unique medical practice featuring physicians, midwives, and nurse practitioners seek to dispel the stereotype that doctors and midwives are opposing options for birth. End Quote
    QuoteIt is a common misconception that midwives attend only natural, intervention-free births. - Dr. GouldQuote
  • Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV (1888PressRelease) October 21, 2014 - While midwifery is often looked upon as old-fashioned, with many women thinking that an OB/GYN must deliver a baby, more and more expectant parents are choosing midwives for prenatal care, delivery, and overall women's health issues.

    The team at Physicians & Midwives wants to educate women that they can choose to use a midwife and still have their babies in a hospital; many modern hospital obstetrics teams actually include midwives. "It is a common misconception that midwives attend only natural, intervention-free births. While it is true that midwives attend intervention-free or low-intervention births, midwives have access to the assistive tools and techniques the birthing mother may need or want. Much like a doctor, a midwife can...administer pain medication through IV to allow the mother to relax, or she can call the anesthesiologist to place an epidural," says Patricia Gould, CNM.

    While midwives aren't doctors, they have the ability to provide guidance for low risk pregnancies, and will usually have an obstetrician on call for immediate assistance if the birth is not going well. Additionally, midwives can provide a variety of women's health services. "Midwives are not just for mothers and babies. They routinely provide annual exams, prescribe birth control, advise patients on genetic testing, and administer recommended screenings for teenaged through senior women. Midwives can also order baseline blood work and prescribe antibiotics for infections" says Gould.

    Physicians and Midwives feature a team of midwives and doctors practicing in five medical centers in Northern Virginia. These centers are located in Alexandria, Kingstowne, Mt. Vernon, Woodbridge, and North Arlington. All Physicians & Midwives offices are connected through an electronic medical record system, and they offer an online patient portal, as well as a dedicated call center, for lab test results, prescription refills, or patient questions.

    About Physicians & Midwives
    Physicians & Midwives strives for accessibility to medical providers and responsiveness to the patients. Created in 1993 to fill a void in patient needs and care provided, the practice seeks to provide personalized, empathic medical care. Each pregnant patient is cared for by both a physician and a midwife, to ensure all needs are met, as the theme of the center is that more support leads to a better outcome.

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