Women’s Wellness of New Jersey is pleased to offer a full suite of Midwifery Services through the Midwives of New Jersey, the premier provider of prenatal care in the state of New Jersey and the area’s leading expert in Waterbirth with their proprietary Waterborn™ program.
About the Midwifery Model of Care
The Midwifery Model of Care is a woman-centered model that views pregnancy and birth as normal life processes and works to minimize unnecessary medical interventions. The Midwifery Model provides women with individualized, evidence-based education, counseling, prenatal care, continuous support and encouragement during labor and delivery, and postpartum support. Midwifery Care recognizes the importance of forming a partnership with pregnant women and respecting birth as a normal life event.
The Midwifery Model of Care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma and cesarean section. Research shows that when the midwifery model of care is applied, between eighty-five to ninety-five percent of healthy women will safely give birth without surgery (Ina May Gaskin. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (New York, New York: Bantam Dell, 2003) 184).
Why Midwifery Care?
Modern Midwifery Care approaches birth holistically, respects a wide range of women’s needs, and facilitates safer and more enjoyable birth experiences. Midwives take a balanced approach to pregnancy and birth by calling on traditional midwifery skills and modern medical techniques, which ensures that mom and baby have the best knowledge and care available. Perhaps the most compelling reason for choosing midwifery care is that it provides evidence-based options for pregnancy and birth that are proven to result in the best outcomes for Mom, Baby and Family.
Women cared for by midwives are less likely to undergo routine interventions of any kind, and experience fewer complications and surgical births. Additionally, when pregnant women are cared for by a midwife there are fewer babies born preterm, with low birth weight, or with birth-related injuries.
New Research Supports Midwifery Care as the Best Choice for Healthy Women
Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently released new guidelines that concluded that it is safer for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies (approximately 45 percent of the total ) were better off in the hands of midwives than hospital doctors during childbirth. The reason being that doctors are much more likely than midwives to use interventions such as forceps deliveries, spinal anesthesia and cesarean sections — procedures that not only carry risks of infection but also surgical accidents.
Additionally, national research has demonstrated that midwives achieve the same outcomes as physicians without interrupting the normal process of birth. And midwives have reduced cesarean section rates by more than 50% that of a doctor without comprising the safety of the mother. Because midwives are actively involved in preparing a woman for childbirth, women are able to reduce the length of labor, avoid unnecessary interventions and achieve better birth outcomes (source).
The Midwives of New Jersey Services
- Preconception Counseling
- All Prenatal Care (complimentary orientation for new clients)
- Labor Support
- Labor and Birth (including Waterbirth) at Morristown Medical Center
- Vaginal Birth after Cesearean Section (VBAC)
- Birth Center Care
- Wellness and Nutritional Guidance
- Parent Preparation Classes (Welcoming Birth, Childbirth Classes, BabyCare Classes)
- 4th Trimester Care
Insurance Covers Midwifery Care
Many women fear that their health insurance will not cover midwifery care, which is not correct! In fact, most health insurance plans and major insurers cover midwifery care. Please contact The Midwives of New Jersey for a complimentary practice orientation to discuss our practice and your insurance policy.
To learn more or to make an appointment you can call (908) 509-1801 or e-mail Midwives@MidwivesofNJ.com.