What is midwifery?
Midwifery is a medical specialty that provides support, care, and guidance during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. At Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery, Polina Goldenberg, ARNP, CNM, a certified nurse-midwife, serves as a resource for you when you're pregnant. She provides informative advice and personalized care to ensure you feel safe and confident in your pregnancy.
Midwives also provide comprehensive women's health care for you, including gynecological problem visits, preconception care, and contraception counseling.
What are the benefits of midwifery?
Partnering with a midwife has many advantages for you before, during, and after your pregnancy. Popular benefits of midwifery include:
- Reduced need for anesthesia
- Lower infant mortality rate
- Higher chance of breastfeeding
- Minimized risk of perineal tearing
- Decreased risk of premature birth
- Lower risk of needing a cesarean section (C-section)
- Reduced risk of labor induction
Midwives ensure that you stay as healthy as possible during your pregnancy so that you can enjoy an uncomplicated birth and postpartum experience. They also guide and prepare you during pregnancy for the significant milestone of having a baby.
Can I use midwifery services and still see my obstetrician?
Yes, you can partner with a midwife throughout pregnancy while seeing your obstetrician. Midwives coordinate and collaborate with your health care team, including with your obstetrician, to align your care.
What can I expect with midwifery care?
The team at Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery customizes care for each patient. Every pregnancy is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to care. Polina is a true advocate for your safety, wants, and needs throughout your pregnancy and childbirth.
With a team of women's health care professionals, Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery provides an array of midwifery services, such as:
- Prenatal care
- Nutritional counseling
- Exercise support
- Breastfeeding support
- Family planning counseling
- Fertility care
- Newborn care
- Childbirth support
- Health screenings
- Prenatal education
A midwife can also help you plan for labor and delivery. The team may recommend items to bring with you, discuss questions to ask your care team, and prepare you for the events of childbirth.
Call Lucina Women's Health and Midwifery today or schedule an appointment online to partner with an experienced midwife throughout your pregnancy.