Providing care for women throughout their lifetime
When you choose midwifery care, you’ll receive natural, holistic care from Ohio State’s Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM). Our advanced practice nurses are specially trained in gynecologic and obstetrical care.
When it comes to pregnancy and delivery, studies show that women who choose a midwife for care may experience fewer hospitalizations during pregnancy, fewer episiotomies, and feel more in control during childbirth.
In addition to supporting you throughout pregnancy and delivery, our midwives care for women through many phases of life including providing well woman exams, pap smears, contraception and preventative care.
All babies are delivered at the Ohio State Maternity Center with access to the latest equipment and resources for every kind of pregnancy and delivery.
Why Choose Ohio State?
Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center’s comprehensive midwifery program provides the care you want, when you want it. Here are some reasons expectant mothers choose our midwives:
- We focus on providing personalized, hands on care throughout labor and birth.
- We are committed to your birth choices and incorporating your individual needs into your care plan.
- We offer hydrotherapy during labor.
- Our state-of-the-art facility includes private rooms and the latest equipment and resources for every kind of pregnancy and delivery.
- We are experts at empowering women to take an active role in their health care.
Ohio State’s Midwifery Program offers comprehensive care in obstetrics and gynecology for women of all ages. Our midwives provide a compassionate approach to all aspects of women’s health care. We currently offer midwifery care at two locations. Ohio State's midwives offer a variety of care including:
- Annual well-woman exams
- Methods of contraception
- Pregnancy care and delivery
- Treatment for common infections
In addition, if you develop a medical condition that requires more specialized treatment, our midwives refer you to an obstetrician or other specialist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people use CNMs?
Women who choose a midwife are generally looking for a provider who will offer them choice in their healthcare options, and a partner in helping them make important decisions regarding their health. Midwives have provided this type of care for hundreds of years. As midwives, we consider ourselves experts in normal pregnancy and birth.
Here are some good explanations from the web site, mymidwife.org:
“When you decide to visit a midwife, you can expect a special kind of care. Some midwives spend up to an hour with first-time patients, and all midwives stay with women through the entire birth process. Midwives strive to become partners in care rather than simply providers of health care.”
“Midwives approach birth, puberty and menopause as normal life events rather than potential medical emergencies. These are times when women need special education or support, but nobody needs to cure or fix them. Midwives believe that if women are given the correct information, they can make safe and satisfying choices.”
“Midwives are trained to recognize complications early and refer you for appropriate care. In a midwife you’ll find the best of health care and human support in one savvy professional.”
Do you attend deliveries at home?
Are you anti-pain medication/anti-epidural?
Where do you attend deliveries?
We attend deliveries exclusively at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Will my insurance cover a midwife?
Can I just see the CNMs? When would I see the obstetrician?
Do you have experience with the Bradley Method? Hypnobirthing? Hypnobabies?
Can I have a doula?
Can I labor/give birth in any position?
Do I have to be hooked up to monitors the whole time?
Do I have to have an IV?
Can I have hydrotherapy?
Yes. We know that hydrotherapy is very beneficial for pain relief. We offer hydrotherapy during labor within our Aquadoula tubs which are available in all of our labor and delivery rooms.
Water births are now available again as an option for women who are enrolled in a research study through our practice. If you are interested in a water birth, please ask your Certified Nurse Midwife for more details at a prenatal appointment.
What if I'm Group Beta Strep (GBS) positive?
Do you do routine episiotomies?
We do not cut episiotomies routinely. If a baby is intolerant of labor and needs to be born immediately, the decision to cut an episiotomy might be made, though this rarely happens. Our current rate of episiotomy is approximately 1.7 percent.
Do you practice delayed cord clamping?
Can my husband/boyfriend/partner cut the cord?
I want to breastfeed right away. Is that OK?
What if I want to decline the Vitamin K injectin or erythromycin eye ointment for my baby?
How soon after delivery can I leave?
Mothers generally do great after childbirth. An early discharge at 24 hours is something we support as long as the mother is stable. More concerning is how baby is doing in the first 24 hours. We recommend speaking with your pediatrician about his/her policy on early discharge.
Do you attend VBACs (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean)?
Yes. We are happy to offer this option to women who are delivering their babies at the The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
What is your Cesarean section rate?
Will medical students or residents be involved in my birth?
Which midwife will deliver my baby?
Tips From Our Midwives
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Misconceptions about midwifery at Ohio State
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What to expect with midwifery care
How midwives approach patient care
Labor and delivery choices with a midwife
High touch, low tech delivery with Ohio State Midwifery
Creating your birth plan
When to call your midwife
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