The midwifery program at Lake Health is designed to offer women more choices in both gynecologic and obstetrical care.
When can women work with a midwife?
Midwives provide care to women throughout their lifespan-from puberty to menopause and beyond - offering yearly wellness exams, contraceptive counseling, care for infections and all aspects of care during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. They are board certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and offer comprehensive family-centered maternity care for healthy, low-risk women and their infants.
Labor and delivery
All midwife births take place inside the Family Birthing Center at West Medical Center in Willoughby, where expectant mothers have access to other vital members of the obstetrical team, such as obstetricians, neonatologists and anesthesiologists. The midwives are present throughout labor and delivery to evaluate progress and provide emotional and physical support. Midwives utilize methods such as walking, hydrotherapy, birth balls, breathing techniques and massage to help women transition through the stages of labor and delivery.
"Giving birth is one of the most important and joyous events in a family's life. As midwives, we're committed to supporting and nurturing women to maximize and promote healthy and safe outcomes. The best scenario is a healthy mom, a healthy baby and as little medical intervention as possible," Lake Health Physician Group OB/GYN certified nurse-midwife, Pamela Hetrick explains.
In addition to offering midwifery and obstetrical services, the midwives provide general well-woman care including gynecological exams, Pap smears and counseling on everything from breastfeeding to contraception to menopause.
For more information about midwifery services, call the Lake Health Physician Group OB/GYN at 440-602-6710.