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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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Breastfeeding In Public: What You Need To Know


July 28, 2017 10:41 am


Our very own Dr. Vandenberg shares a few of her favorite breastfeeding facts and lessons.

By: Dr. Maria Vandenberg, MD
Obstetrican/Gynecologist

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and there are hundreds of articles and blogs supporting breastfeeding moms circling about.  Here is another. 

First, I, of course, support breastfeeding moms, but I also support formula feeding moms as well. Breastfeeding is an amazing experience and great for babies when it works, but it saddens me when I see moms feel guilty or disappointed if they use formula. I mostly formula fed my first kiddos and they have turned into wonderful, intelligent, happy children. No guilt here. We all do what is best for each of our kids and we need to support and encourage each other.

How many of you are working moms who breastfeed? Well, I'm right there with you. It's hard, but so worth it if you are successful. Below you will find a list of my favorite pumping and breastfeeding facts and lessons I have learned along the way.

Facts
  • Did you know it is a federal law that companies with over 50 employees are required to provide a location (other than a restroom) and sufficient time for expressing milk for one year after the child's birth? Check this out: Department of Labor 
  • In Wisconsin, you can breastfeed (it is illegal for anyone to ask you to move or cover up) your child anywhere it is legal for you to be. So, don't break into a Taco Bell to breastfeed; however, if they are open, you can feed your child. Here is more info: State Breastfeeding Laws 
  • Most health insurances will supply a breast pump for breastfeeding moms!


Lessons
  • You can pump anywhere. The airport at empty terminals (although certainly, a strange man will sit next to you when every other seat is available). Bathroom stalls. The car. Even during oral exams through school/training. Pump through the awkwardness, my friends.
  • Like other articles have pointed out, your pump does talk; hopefully it just has nice things to say.
  • The milk you bring home each night really is liquid gold, and only other moms can understand how it feels to lose, spill, forget that precious milk. In fact, my entire supply of frozen milk was thawed because of a faulty circuit this summer. I was sobbing.
  • Your older children may become very interested in breasts and attempt to breastfeed your newest addition. This is endearing, but can be embarrassing in public.


While being a working mother who breastfeeds certainly has its struggles it is also a very rewarding experience for not only myself, but for my little one as well. Remember ladies: you are not alone when it comes to breastfeeding-the staff here at Women's Care of Wisconsin is here to help, support and encourage you through your breastfeeding journey! 

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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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3D Ultrasound: What's It All About?


May 18, 2017 9:14 am


Whether you're expecting your first child, adding a little brother or sister to the family, or just curious about advancements in medical technology, a lot of people have questions about 3D ultrasounds.

With the help of Women's Cares' ultrasound supervisor, Jackie, we're here to answer some of the most common questions patients have surrounding 3D ultrasounds and learn a little bit more about why this technology is so beneficial for patients and doctors alike.

One common misconception you may have heard is that 3D ultrasounds are replacing 2D ultrasounds. This simply isn't the case. Jackie explains that instead of replacing 2D technology, 3D technology works in adjunct with it.

"3D just gives us even more information than 2D. We build off of the 2D, so it doesn't go away, but 3D gives us more information for a better prenatal diagnosis." Jackie says.

In order to better understand how this technology builds off of each other, we asked Jackie what the biggest difference is between 2D and 3D.


"The biggest difference, really, is how the image is acquired," she explains.


While 2D uses just a single image or a single plane of information, 3D is multiplanar. This means 3D technology gives obstetricians a volume of information to work with, which makes it easier for them to identify potential health concerns.


One of the most common questions we get from patients about about ultrasounds is whether or not they are safe for the mother and the baby.


Jackie reassures patients that "ultrasound is very, very safe in the hands of skilled sonographers and skilled physicians" and that medical professionals have very specific guidelines as far as safety is concerned.


"With ultrasound, if we step back a little bit, many moms in the mid-to-late 70's, even the early 80's, didn't have ultrasounds," Jackie says.

While a lot of soon-to-be mothers are excited to see their baby in 3D for the beautiful pictures, this technology does more than just produce realistic images.

"On our end, 3D technology has been so beneficial in allowing us to have  improved visualization of the developing fetus," Jackie explains.

For example, in the case of a baby that might have a cleft lip or palate, 3D enhances the prenatal diagnosis. This information is beneficial for the surgeon who can now see the anomaly in-depth, for the pediatrician who is planning how best to care for the baby and for the parents who now have extra time to prepare.

"The number one thing parents want to know is, 'Is my baby okay?'" Jackie says. "3D ultrasound has revolutionized things for the obstetrician, so we can help answer that question."

The uses for 3D ultrasound technology expand beyond pregnancy as well.

"3D has allowed us to see uterine malformations, help with ovarian masses and tumors, and just provide us with more information for better diagnosis all around," Jackie explains.

3D ultrasound technology also provides a unique bonding tool for soon-to-be mothers, fathers and even siblings.

"Even the little squirts can see this picture! The 3D is so clear!" Jackie tells us. While the excitement of a mother and father seeing their baby for the first time is hard to beat, 3D ultrasounds are also emotionally beneficial for mothers who have previously miscarried and for infertility couples.

"It's just such a clear visual of the developing fetus that gives such relief to the family!" Jackie shares. The clarity of 3D ultrasounds allows them to see exactly what is going on with their baby, offering an extra level of comfort and security.

"I loved being pregnant and I just love to see, especially first time moms and dads, get so excited to see their baby," Jackie tells us. "It's so exciting and it never gets old for me."
If you're expecting and looking to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, you can call our office at 920.729.7105 or click here.

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