Approaches to Obstetrics
One of the most personal decisions you can make is choosing a provider for your pregnancy. Many women select an obstetrician-gynecologist to manage their pregnancy, while others may choose to go to a midwife or family practitioner. If your pregnancy is very complicated you may need to see a specialist who deals with specific obstetric conditions. Here at Oak Hill Hospital we offer a full spectrum of obstetric care and have access to the most specialized services should you need them.
These are physicians who are board certified or board eligible and has gone through four years of specialty training in obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health prior to joining our practice. Their specialized training enables them to care for you if there are medical or surgical complications in your pregnancy. They are happy to offer vaginal birth after cesarean section to women who are appropriate candidates. Many providers practice both obstetrics and gynecology, while others provide specialized gynecology care only
Our Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM’s) provide care to normal, healthy women during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. At Oak Hill Hospital, all midwives are advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) who have earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery, and have passed a national certification exam.
CNMs offer complete care throughout your pregnancy, including prenatal care, birth and post-partum follow-up CNM’s are authorized to write prescriptions and can order main medications or epidurals during labor. Our midwives will refer women with health problems or higher-risk pregnancies to obstetricians, and will often work in partnership with them in the event that a cesarean birth is needed.
Family Medicine physicians care for all members of your family during all life stages. Family medicine physicians provide personalized up-to-date obstetric and prenatal care. A family medicine physician will often continue to care for the new baby and mom after delivery. These physicians collaborate with Obstetricians if patients have more complicated health issues during pregnancy.