In recent years, more and more women have discovered the benefits of working with a midwife during pregnancy and labor. Midwives offer compassionate and evidence-based care for women from adolescence through menopause, but most often they are associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Certified Nurse-Midwives have training as both registered nurses and midwives and can deliver babies on their own or collaborate with an OB/GYN if needed.
An added bonus of choosing to work with a midwife is that she can also provide support after birth. A postpartum midwife can care for you while you are focused on caring for your baby. They can also help and educate you on how to care for your newborn. Many insurance plans that cover midwives for prenatal and delivery care will also cover at least part of the cost of a midwife caring for you after you have the baby. The benefits of a postpartum midwife are numerous and working with one can make the postpartum a bit easier on you.
1. Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding is not automatically easy for some babies and mom. There could be latching issues or discomfort associated with nursing. If you have sore or cracked nipples, your midwife can tell you about remedies and make sure you do not have an infection called mastitis. A midwife can also refer you to a lactation consultant if necessary.
2. Assistance with Emotional and Physical Recovery
In midwifery. there is an emphasis on caring for the woman as a whole rather than just treating someone who is pregnant. Because of this philosophy, a midwife will take time to make sure you are healing correctly and that your mental and emotional state is healthy. They will make sure you are resting enough and taking good care of yourself as well as the baby. They might ask you questions about your emotional state and how you’re handling the big changes in your life. If they suspect you are struggling with postpartum depression, they can make sure you get the help you need.
3. Help with Newborn Care
A midwife making postpartum visits to new mothers can provide different types of support, including helping you learn to care for your baby. They can be a coach to you through the first several weeks and give you advice on topics like breastfeeding, diaper changing, sleep, and many more.
4. Answers to Common Questions
There are several types of midwives with different qualifications, but they’re all experienced and well versed in the care of pregnant and postpartum women as well as newborn care. If you have questions about either your own health or that of your baby, a midwife is much better equipped to provide an answer than an internet search. Many mothers, especially first-time mothers, second guess themselves and the decisions they make in caring for newborns, so the midwife can provide reassurance or guidance.
5. Recommendations for Healthcare and Resources
Your postpartum midwife is also a great resource for information on pediatricians, lactation consultants, and parenting groups. You’ll probably already have a pediatrician before your baby is born, but if you want to switch or need a specialist, your midwife can tell you about doctors and other providers that she has a good working relationship with.
Make an Appointment
At City of Oaks Midwifery, we provide the women of the Raleigh and greater Triangle area with full-scope midwifery services, including postpartum services. We believe pregnancy is a natural process and not a condition that needs to be treated, and we want to help you have the smoothest possible transition into parenthood. To make an appointment and discuss a plan of care, call 919-351-8253.