We at Midwife Associates pride ourselves on providing comprehensive and individualized care to our patients. We are aware that though pregnancy and birth are normal life processes, this phase of your life can present with many thoughts and feelings from excitement to fear. In effort to provide you with thorough midwifery care, we work collaboratively with other trusted providers to help optimize your pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. We also rely greatly on you to make the best decisions you can for both you and your baby, specifically as it relates to maintaining your prenatal visits, diet and exercise.
Our Prenatal Services include:
We strive to deliver a level of service that exceeds the expectations of our patients. If you have any questions or concerns about your care please do not hesitate to contact us. We have friendly and knowledgeable staff available weekly to answer your questions.
- Pregnancy Testing
- Routine Prenatal Evaluations
- Nutrition Counseling
- Weight Management
- Blood Pressure Management
- Fetal Ultrasound
- Blood Testing and Labs
At Midwife Associates we embrace the midwifery model of care and trust in the normalcy of birth. This is why we support our patients in a variety of birth options. Whether you are a first time birther seeking a wait-and-see approach or a repeat birther wanting to have a vaginal birth after cesarean, VBAC, we provide services to support you choice.
Non-Medicated Vaginal Birth
This method is also known as Natural childbirth and involves a woman laboring and birthing without the use any type of sedatives or anesthesia. Women choosing to use this method are able to walk, squat, and assume different positions which can shorten the labor and delivery.
This method most commonly involves an epidural, a local anesthetic that inhibits feeling from the waist down. By using this method many women achieve vaginal birth without feeling any contractions or pushing discomfort. Epidurals restrict the mother’s ability to move and have the potential to slow labor.
Vaginal Delivery after Cesarean, VBAC
We proudly offer qualifying families the option to have a trial labor in effort to achieve a vaginal birth after a cesarean, VBAC. We support a vaginal trial labor for a maximum of two prior cesarean sections.
Do you qualify for a VBAC?
- No more than two low transverse “bikini cut” cesarean deliveries.
- No uterine scars, anomalies, or previous rupture.
- No major risks factors.
- The baby must be head down.
- No twins or multiples
- Less than 41 weeks pregnant
- No abnormally large baby
You should be encouraged by knowing that 90% of women who have undergone cesarean deliveries are candidates for VBAC.
Water birth is a growing demand by many families and used as a tool to achieve All-Natural Non-Medicated Vaginal Birth because of the comfort it provides. It has been found to be good for reducing anxiety, relaxing the muscles and allowing more freedom of movement to the mother. Water birth may be considered a gentler way to transition the baby from the womb to the world. No anesthesia can be used with this method.
The Johnson's Water Birth
Benefits of Water Birth
Water facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position that is comfortable for labor and birth
Speeds up labor
Reduces blood pressure
Gives mother feelings of control
Provides significant pain relief
Conserves mother’s energy
Reduces the need for drugs and interventions
Gives mother a private protected space
Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
Reduces cesarean section rates
With a water birth, during labor you will submerge yourself in a special pool of warm water, designed for birthing; similar to soaking in a warm bath. You will receive careful monitoring and attention during the time you are in the pool to ensure safe delivery.
- Complete the Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center online water birth presentation. Click Here For PDF
- Print out the certificate at the end of the slides.
- Sign and date the certificate.
- Bring the completed certificate with you when you come to the hospital in labor.
- Attend the Water Birth Prep session at Ob/Gyn & Midwife Asst. Check the Chat & Chew Calendar for dates and times.
To qualify for a water birth with Ob/Gyn & Midwife Associates you must be a candidate with minimal or no risk factors. During your prenatal visits you will be continuously screened for specific risk factors that will helps us determine your eligibility. Some of these factors are:
- Less than 37 Weeks of Pregnancy
- Breech Position or Malposition of Baby
- Twins or Multiples
- Any Signs of Fetal Distress
- Pre-eclampsia or other High Risk Conditions
- Infection or a Maternal Fever Greater Than 100.4
- Active Genital Herpes, HIV, Hepatitis B antigen, or positive Hepatitis C antibody
- Open Wound
- Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40%
Well women’s care is critical to the overall health of a woman’s ever-changing body. With the support of our allied partner, we are able to offer a variety of both routine treatments and alternative options.
Annual Well-Woman exams
STD / STI Screening
Contraception methods: IUD placement and removal
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
Abnormal Menstrual Cycles