Regardless of your preferred method of pain control (natural or otherwise), having continuous labor support has been shown to improve outcomes for both you and your baby. Continuous labor support leads to less use of pain medication/epidural, shorter labor, increased satisfaction and even better Apgars for your baby (Hodnett 2003).
We at Carolina OBGYN are excited to say that starting May 1st. we will be offering 24/7 midwife coverage at Waccamaw Community Hospital. All three of the midwives at Carolina OBGYN are Certified Nurse Midwives. We each began our careers as Labor & Delivery nurses after completing our Bachelor’s in Nursing. We then completed our education by obtaining a Master’s in Nursing and became nationally certified as Nurse Midwives. We specialize in well woman care, pregnancy care, labor & delivery support and vaginal birth. We also support women in the postpartum period and provide lactation support.
A midwife will always be on call for your birth and therefore able to provide more support during your labor. The midwife on call will rarely be the midwife covering the office, which will change the way we care for women in labor. We will be present during your labor and birth and will see you each of your initial postpartum days after the birth.
Many women are confused on the scope of practice of a midwife. Typically we manage low risk, healthy women during their prenatal care. We manage labor and attend births. If you choose, you can have IV pain medication and/or an epidural while under the care of a midwife. We do not routinely perform episiotomy unless it is medically necessary. We do not use vacuum, forceps or cesarean section as a means to deliver your baby. If that becomes necessary, the physician on-call will be notified. If your labor ends in a cesarean section we will typically be present as emotional support but we may also assist the physician with your surgery.
We are please to announce that a new Certified Nurse Midwife, Jenny Goss, has joined our practice. Jenny has worked in obstetrics for the past 15 years and has been a nurse for 21 years. She decided to return to school for her Midwifery Degree from Frontier Nursing University because the women in her area weren’t receiving the compassionate competent care that they deserved. Her father always said “If you find something you love to do, you will never work a day in your life”. She has truly found her niche and enjoys working with women and infants. She is also a Certified Lactation Consultant and enjoys spending time with clients assisting with breastfeeding issues. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her husband of 15 years and her children. She loved reading, cross-stitching, camping, traveling and spending time outdoors.
We believe that pregnancy and birth are normal, physiologic processes that rarely require interference. We trust a woman’s ability to give birth and we love to be witness to that miracle. Giving birth is not only a physical event but a spiritual and emotional one as well and we pride ourselves on our ability to care for women during this time. Midwife simply means “with woman” and we look forward to being with you during your labor and birth.
Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr G J, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth [PDF]. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003, Issue 3. Art.