Midwifery Services

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Midwifery Services: The Best of Both Worlds for Natural Childbirth

For women seeking natural, unmedicated childbirth, Midwifery Services at GW Hospital offer the best of both worlds—natural childbirth with a certified nurse midwife in a hospital environment.

Our collaborative model of care offers women a natural childbirth experience with the backup of medical staff and technology. With the benefits and expertise of an academic medical center, and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unity (NICU), expectant mothers and newborns have access to the full range of obstetrical and neonatal services.

What Certified Nurse Midwives Offer

Midwives assist women in having a natural, vaginal birth without pain medication. A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is a specially trained advanced-practice nurse who holds a master’s degree.

CNMs are qualified to diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medication and manage patient care. Each midwife specializes in providing pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum care, as well as full-scope gynecological care. The comprehensive services women receive include nutrition and lifestyle counseling, blood work, sonograms, and regular checkups throughout the pregnancy.

Choosing Natural Childbirth

Our midwifery services are recommended for women who are in excellent health, committed to natural birth, and are willing to embrace the program’s model of care that includes strict nutritional and exercise guidelines.

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Midwifery Services has delivered more than 1,000 babies at GW Hospital. The midwives invited all of the families back to celebrate the baby benchmark.
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The Benefits of Natural Childbirth
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The Midwifery Services at The George Washington University Hospital optimize a woman’s chances of a natural vaginal delivery. More than 95 percent* of patients who choose to deliver with the midwives deliver vaginally, and over 80 percent do so without intervention, such as pain medications or other medical procedures. When medical intervention is required, GW Hospital’s obstetric, anesthesia, nursing and neonatal services are part of the collaborative care team.

* Statistic is from July 2010 – May 2012

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Meet the Midwives

Meet the Midwives in an informal session in the auditorium at The George Washington University Hospital. Get the details.

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The George Washington University Hospital is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc.(UHS), a King of Prussia, PA-based company, that is one of the largest healthcare management companies in the nation.         

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