What Does Prenatal Care with a Midwife Look Like?
Prenatal care with a midwife looks in many ways similar to care with an OB/GYN. I offer you routine blood, urine and other laboratory tests and refer you for ultrasound as needed. You will be offered genetic screening and prenatal screening such as NIPT. I’ll measure your uterus and palpate for fluid levels and fetal position. All of the above is basic prenatal care that you should expect from any provider.
What’s different is that midwifery care has the luxury of time. Spending 45-90 minutes per visit allows me to offer you informed choice about your options and to practice preventative care such as nutrition, supplementation, mental health and exercise recommendations. Having more time in visits also allows us to get to know each other so that I’m a familiar presence at your birth.
As long as you stay low-risk, you won’t need to see an OB/GYN separately (some women will wish to, and that’s fine). One exception: If you are a Medi-Cal recipient or are insured by an HMO, you may wish to seek co-care with an in-network OB/GYN, as your lab tests and ultrasounds will be better covered if they are provided by an in-network provider.