Our certified nurse midwives provide family-centered, comprehensive care for women beginning at age 13 and throughout each stage of your health. Our compassionate, supportive approach encourages you to ask questions, make informed choices, and become an integral part of your own, personalized care.
Our Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Midwifery & Women’s Health Services team is made up of certified nurse midwives (CNMs) who are compassionate, skilled professionals providing personalized, comprehensive women’s healthcare through each stage of a woman’s life from adolescence to menopause. Among many other services, our CNMs prescribe medications, conduct well-woman annual exams, offer contraception consultations, perform endometrial biopsies, and provide treatments such as hormone replacement.
CNMs possess the necessary training to handle all aspects of a normal, low-risk pregnancy, from prenatal care through delivery and postpartum care. Our family-centered approach includes programs to support your entire family, working in collaboration with Saratoga OB/GYN at Myrtle Street . Midwifery delivery has resulted in fewer cases of cesarean-section births, induced labor, forceps deliveries, perineal tears, and regional anesthesia.
Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Midwifery & Women’s Health Services is comprised of certified nurse midwives (CNMs), registered nurses who have earned graduate degrees in midwifery or midwifery education and certification from the American College of Nurse Midwives. Our CNMs, who are pledged to quality outcomes and high standards of care, have the skills and training to handle all aspects of a normal, low-risk pregnancy, from prenatal care through delivery and postpartum care, as well as comprehensive women’s healthcare for ages 13 and above. Additionally, they are well-equipped to recognize signs of any potential complication and obtain the medical assistance necessary to assure the health of mother and child. Our midwifery team is committed to providing personal, compassionate care and works closely with Saratoga OB/GYN at Myrtle Street and other specialists as needed.
“Our highly skilled midwives devote themselves to spending time with their patients so as to provide the best in personalized, patient-centered care. They are a nurturing source of strength and support through labor, delivery, and through any time of change a woman may face in her overall health and wellness.”
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Our midwives can help you choose the right birth control method for you. Some examples include the birth control pill, abstinence, intrauterine device (IUD), patch, condom, or implant. Our understanding providers will have a confidential, open conversation with you about all your options and answer any questions.
A colposcopy is a simple diagnostic procedure that allows a magnified, illuminated examination of your cervix, vagina, and vulva for signs of disease, such as cancer. Typically, this screening is requested upon results of an abnormal pap smear.
An endometrial biopsy is the removal of a small sample of the lining of your uterus. The procedure takes about 10 minutes and provides needed information for diagnosis of various conditions or disease, to evaluate fertility, or to measure your response to hormone therapy.
Our family-centered approach to maternity care includes programs to support the entire family, working in concert with our Saratoga OB/GYN at Myrtle Street providers. These programs help the whole family confidently welcome your newborn home.
Our midwives will discuss basic infant care with you and your family, answering any questions you may have. Saratoga Hospital also provides an informative Infant Care Class, a two-evening session for expectant and adoptive parents. Topics include newborn characteristics and behavior, hospital routines, daily care and bathing, diapering, swaddling, feeding issues, crying, colic, as well as safety and health information, such as SIDS risk factors and car seat safety.
Our midwives offer expert care and advice for women experiencing breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, and low milk production. Our compassionate and experienced team will help address any additional concerns, such as meeting breastfeeding goals while returning to work or school, care and use of breastfeeding equipment, and safe storage of expressed milk.
Your midwife will counsel you on a well-balanced and varied diet, foods to avoid, and the use of nutritional supplements in pregnancy. As your caloric requirements change and issues arise, we’ll continue to provide nutritional counseling throughout your pregnancy.
We can help you manage any discomfort you may experience during any stage of menopause. We’ll discuss lifestyle changes such as diet, stress reduction, and exercise, as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), diuretics, hormonal contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, vaginal estrogen, low-dose antidepressants and other medications targeted to specific symptoms.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are not uncommon. Also known as sexually transmitted disease (STD), the only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested. We are here to answer any of your questions, discuss best methods of prevention, and provide treatment so you can maintain the best possible reproductive health. STIs we treat include, but are not limited to, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital herpes. It is important not to ignore any symptoms you may be experiencing. It may not be an STI, so the sooner you know for sure, the better. If it is, untreated STIs can lead to infertility or other serious complications.
Ultrasound is a gentle, noninvasive imaging technique that allows the patient and midwife to view and monitor every step of the pregnancy. While ultrasound services are conveniently offered at Midwifery and Women’s Health Services, patients are welcome to utilize any one of our imaging locations.
Regular, routine gynecological exams, such as pap smears, can assure your continued reproductive health and are your best bet for prevention or early diagnosis of cancer or other conditions. Exams typically include an evaluation of your current health, breast exam, and pelvic exam.
William J. Hickey Women’s Health Services
Each childbirth experience is uniquely memorable, and William J. Hickey Women’s Health Services (Mother/Baby Unit) is dedicated to providing the quality and comfort you need to welcome the newest addition to your family.
Services and amenities include:
- Comfortable, private birthing suites, with overnight accommodations for a support person.
- State-of-the-art surgical suites for cesarean (C-section) births.
- Patient-centered, gentle C-section deliveries, including clear drapes that allow moms to see their baby's first movement.
- Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
- Aromatherapy to help ease stress during labor.
- A variety of pain management options, including inhaled nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
- In-house 24/7 coverage by certified nurse midwives and neonatal hospitalists.
- Mother and baby care that supports rooming in, encouraging mother and baby to stay together and get to know each other.
- Breastfeeding assistance from RN lactation consultants and a board-certified lactation counselor.
- Family-centered education programs, including childbirth preparation, prenatal yoga, breastfeeding, and infant care.
- Home health support for patients who are discharged early.
- Breastfeeding support group.
- Follow-up care and other services to help keep your family healthy.
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The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion for a family and our community. To celebrate and share the news with our staff, patients, and visitors, we announce each birth by sounding a subtle chime over our public address system.
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