To provide exceptional, progressive women’s health care in a compassionate and efficient environment by combining highly experienced providers, nurturing staff, modern technology and advanced medical practices for our patients. We strive to create a partnership with our patients to promote the health and well-being of women through all phases of life.
An Introduction to our Collaborative Approach to Pregnancy Care:
At Dedicated to Women we take our position and part in you and your families lives very seriously and would like to take a moment to introduce you to our clinical care approach for our patients.
DTW’s belief is that a collaborative approach, or physician/midwife model, is the best model for prenatal care and delivery. Our team includes both physicians and midwives. This model has been supported by both the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). Physician and midwife collaborative care is often considered to have the best associated health outcomes for women and babies and has research supporting it’s use.
ObGyn’s are medical doctors who specialize in women’s healthcare and surgery. Much of their training is focused on the identification and management of obstetric and gynecologic problems. Midwives are licensed healthcare providers who are specialized in independently treating low-risk women. They also add value to the care of high-risk patients when in collaboration with physicians. Midwifery education focuses on understanding that pregnancy and delivery are normal processes and that through patient education and patient-centered care, optimal health outcomes are achieved. Here at DTW, all of our midwives are certified nurse midwives (CNMs for short) who have received their graduate degree in nurse midwifery.
At DTW there is ALWAYS a physician AND a midwife on-call 24/7 (this is called the laborist/midwife model of care). The midwives are often the initial contact provider at the hospital and usually the main provider of care for women who deliver vaginally. This allows the physicians in the practice to devote more energy to managing the high-risk needs of all patients and also managing those surgical emergencies that arise unexpectedly during pregnancy and delivery.
It is beneficial for all patients (unless otherwise stated by the DTW provider team) to have at least one prenatal visit with a midwife, and at least one prenatal visit with a physician during their prenatal care. This allows you to become more comfortable with our collaborative approach and also gives you an opportunity to experience the strengths of both types of practitioners. Even if a scheduled repeat c-section is planned for this pregnancy, you might encounter a midwife in triage at the hospital or during the postpartum period in the hospital. If your desire is for a low intervention birth, it might be helpful to have met a physician in the office setting in the event they are needed during delivery.
Benefits of our program:
- Multiple providers at our office and a physician/midwife model on labor and delivery allows us to offer some benefits to our patients compared to practices with one or two providers.
- Appointment availability and length are increased due to the large number of providers at our practice.
- Physician/midwifery care in the hospital setting has been shown to: lower c-section rates, increase successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) rates and lower episiotomy rates.
- Multiple providers working together ensure that nothing is missed. This collaboration ensures that you will ALWAYS have a Dedicated to Women provider attend your delivery whether you are high or low risk.
We look forward to showing you the benefits of our collaborative care approach throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery.
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