The midwives model of care is based on the idea that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes and that intervention in childbirth should only happen when necessary. Because midwives take a holistic approach to childbirth, you’re more likely to experience a natural birth when you choose a midwife as your practitioner. At Integrative Obstetrics, board-certified nurse midwife Kristin Mallon provides comprehensive midwifery services supported by maternal-fetal medicine specialist Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak. She sees patients at her convenient location in Jersey City, New Jersey. Call for an appointment or book online today.
What is a midwife?
Midwives are traditional care providers who have been assisting women before, during, and after childbirth for thousands of years.
Today’s modern certified nurse midwives are highly trained professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master's degree in midwifery. They incorporate up-to-date, evidence-based information and holistic techniques to help women have healthy pregnancies, natural births, and optimal postpartum recoveries.
Midwives offer individualized care that’s designed to meet your physical, mental, and emotional needs, while also taking your spiritual and cultural preferences into account. Working with a certified nurse midwife as part of your prenatal team can help you feel relaxed, safe, and cared for throughout your pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and after giving birth.
What is the midwifery model of care?
The midwifery model of care is an empowering sector of maternity care that puts women at its center.
It emphasizes informed decision making, alternative and complementary treatment choices to traditional medicine as well as prenatal nutrition, supplement and exercise counseling. It centers around building a trusting partnership with patients and their families.
All certified nurse midwives are trained in the medical management of obstetrics and are experts in pregnancy, prenatal preparation, and natural childbirth The midwives model of care includes:
- Consideration of a mother’s physical, emotional, and social well-being through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and after birth
- Personalized education, counseling, and prenatal care
- Informed decision making
- Alternative treatments and remedies for common discomforts in pregnancy and the postpartum period
- Helping women prepare for better birth experiences during labor and delivery
What are the benefits of working collaboratively with a midwife?
In an integrative approach, women and their families have access to the wealth of knowledge from the midwifery discipline, in addition to the field of perinatology, obstetrics and gynecology. This integrative model increases the likelihood that you will deliver naturally.
One of the hallmarks of midwifery is working with you to decrease your chances of having a cesarean birth. Midwifery care is also associated with a decreased risk of unnecessary labor induction, premature birth, and infant mortality.
Women who work with midwives are more likely to have a positive start to breastfeeding and report higher overall satisfaction with the quality of care they’ve received.
What does integrative obstetric care mean?
At Integrative Obstetrics, board-certified nurse midwife Kristin Mallon partners closely with maternal-fetal medicine specialist Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak to offer expectant mothers the best of both worlds. This modern approach is focused on utilizing the properties of prevention and wellness with the most up to date in medical care for pregnancy, labor and delivery.
This midwife-physician partnership creates a secure environment where you can feel safe, cared for, and confident going into pregnancy and childbirth.