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So, What's The Real Benefit Of Having A Midwife?


Nov. 8, 2017 10:58 am



So, What's The Real Benefit Of Having A Midwife?

For many women, having the same care provider that they saw during their entire pregnancy with them throughout their labor and delivery is very comforting.

"Especially for a natural birth, where you need that bedside support!" Becky says.

Midwifery care is often described as having a "high touch, low tech" approach to medical care. Midwives are experts in supporting women in normal, healthy childbirth and focus heavily on building relationships with women and their families by listening and providing information, guidance, and counseling in a shared decision-making process.

"One of the reasons I became a midwife was because I really enjoyed the relationships and bonds I was able to form with my patients," says Kay. "To care for them throughout their pregnancy, to be there for the delivery, and then to see them for years to come and grow with them... it's really special!"

"I have patients that I saw as teenagers that are now having babies," Becky adds. "It's just incredible!"




Scheduling Your First Appointment

If you're interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.

You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.

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Myth #5: Midwives Only Work With Women Who Are Pregnant.


Sep. 29, 2017 1:04 pm



Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today's modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women's Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we've teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!

Becky Kahler and Kay Weina have nearly 30 years of combined experience as certified nurse midwives and are passionate about the work they do.

Over the next few months, Becky and Kay will help us break down different myths, so stay tuned as we address some of the most common questions surrounding midwifery!



Myth #5: Midwives only work with women who are pregnant.

"We see patients from the early age of 12 all the way up to menopause," Becky says.

While many people think of midwifery as a practice solely focused on pregnancy and childbirth, midwifery actually encompasses a full range of primary health care services.

"Preventative care is also a part of what we do. We discuss birth control, abstinence, STD education. We do IUD insertions...." Becky continues.

The services midwives offer also include primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care and postpartum care.

Stay Tuned


Becky and Kay will be joining us for one last blog post, so stay tuned!

If you're interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.

You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.

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Myth #3: If I Choose To Have A Midwife, My Birth Has To Be All Natural


Aug. 3, 2017 7:51 pm


Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today's modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women's Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we've teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!
Becky Kahler and Kay Weina have nearly 30 years of combined experience as certified nurse midwives and are passionate about the work they do.

Over the next few months, Becky and Kay will help us break down different myths, so stay tuned as we address some of the most common questions surrounding midwifery!


Myth #3: If I choose to have a midwife, my birth has to be all natural.


"I think a lot of people wonder, if you choose a midwife, do you have to have a natural birth? And I think a lot of women probably seek out midwifery because they're looking for a non-medicated or low-intervention birth, but we certainly can provide medications," Kay says.


While you can choose to have a natural birth with your midwife, certified nurse midwives are licensed, independent health care providers who can prescribe medications in all 50 states.


This includes IV medications and epidurals, which can be an option during labour even for women who originally wanted a natural birth but change their mind during the delivery.


"I think the biggest thing about midwifery care is that we want to listen to the women, we want to give them options, and we want your birth experience to be the most positive one because you're telling your birth stories forever!" Kay says.


"Another big thing is educating women and couples about the decisions they need to make -- the pros and cons, the risks and benefits -- and really supporting those decisions once they are made," Becky adds. "That's really important."


Stay Tuned


In our next blog post Becky and Kay will be answering questions about potential risks during pregnancy, so be sure to check back soon!


If you're interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.

You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.

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Myth #2: Midwives Can Only Deliver Babies At Home


June 30, 2017 3:55 pm

Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today's modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women's Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we've teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!

Becky Kahler and Kay Weina have nearly 30 years of combined experience as certified nurse midwives and are passionate about the work they do.

Over the next few months, Becky and Kay will help us break down different myths, so stay tuned as we address some of the most common questions surrounding midwifery!


Myth #2: Midwives can only deliver babies at home.

"Another question I get from patients is if I deliver at home," Becky says. "I do not deliver at home, but we can refer you to some of the community midwives that would provide you with that type of care."

According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, 94.9% of CNM-attended births occurred in hospitals in 2012. That same year, 2.6% occurred in freestanding birth centers and just 2.5% occurred in homes.

At Women's Care, our certified nurse midwives' practice is strictly hospital births only, with Becky primarily delivering at the Appleton Medical Center, Kay primarily delivering at the ThedaCare Neenah Center, and our newest midwife, Elise, going back and forth between the two locations.


Stay Tuned

In our next blog post Becky and Kay will be answering questions about all-natural births and medication, so be sure to check back soon!

If you're interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.

You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.

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Myth #1: Midwives Are Just Untrained Labor Coaches


June 21, 2017 2:11 pm



Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today's modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women's Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we've teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!

Becky Kahler and Kay Weina have nearly 30 years of combined experience as certified nurse midwives and are passionate about the work they do.

Over the next few months, Becky and Kay will help us break down different myths, so stay tuned as we address some of the most common questions surrounding midwifery!

Myth #1: Midwives are just untrained labor coaches.

Despite this myth's popularity, certified nurse midwives often have more training that many labor and delivery nurses. While labor and delivery nurses are required to hold a Bachelor in Nursing, certified nurse midwives go back to school to get their Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN). They are also required to pass a national certification exam, which combined with their training and medical expertise qualifies them to deliver babies.

"I think a lot of nurse midwives were labor and delivery nurses to begin with, like us," Kay, who was a labor and delivery nurse for 10 years before going back to school, says.

"When you're a labor and delivery nurse, you get that patient to delivery, and when you get to that point, the doctor comes in to catch the baby," Kay continues. "I always thought -- well gosh! -- that's the best part! I could do that!"

Becky, who was a labor and delivery nurse for 14 years before she received her MSN, explains that being a certified nurse midwife is similar to being a nurse practitioner, but it's "more of an OB/GYN nurse practitioner role."

"I felt like I was missing a big part of each woman's journey as a labor and delivery nurse, but being a midwife allows me to see them in the beginning, throughout their pregnancy, and afterwards too!" Becky says.

Stay Tuned

We'll be updating this blog series with new posts soon, so be sure to check back! In our next blog post Becky and Kay will be answering questions about home delivery.

If you're interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.

You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.

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