Our certified nurse midwives (CNMs) provide family-centered healthcare for women starting at age 13 and throughout each stage of your life. We take a compassionate, supportive approach, encouraging you to ask questions, make informed choices, and play an integral role in your care.
We offer comprehensive midwifery services through Saratoga OB/GYN and Midwifery at Myrtle Street. Our highly skilled CNMs are experienced in handling all aspects of normal, low-risk pregnancies, from prenatal care through delivery and postpartum care. Under our collaborative physician-midwife model, CNMs perform most routine vaginal deliveries. Patients also turn to us for well-women annual exams, contraception consultations, endometrial biopsies, and other reproductive and sexual health services.
CNMs are registered nurses who have earned graduate degrees in midwifery or midwifery education, plus certification from the American College of Nurse Midwives. We are well-versed in best practices and are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes and experiences for our patients. As members of Saratoga OB/GYN and Midwifery at Myrtle Street, we partner with our physician colleagues to meet your needs by providing the high-quality, compassionate care you deserve.
“Our highly skilled midwives are dedicated to spending time with our patients to provide the best in personalized, patient-centered care. We 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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Your contraception needs can change over time. We're here to help you decide on the best birth control method at each stage of your life. Our understanding providers will have a confidential, open conversation about your options and will answer any questions you may have.
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 diseases (STDs), these infections include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital herpes. Left untreated, STIs can lead to infertility or other serious complications. If you have symptoms, it's important to get tested. That's the only way to know if they're caused by an STI or some other condition. And the sooner you know, the better. We are here to answer your questions, discuss methods of prevention, and provide treatment so you can maintain the best possible reproductive health.
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 Saratoga OB/GYN and Midwifery locations, 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.
Our collaborative physician-midwife model of care has proved to be the best approach for mothers and newborns. It also helps ensure that, as much as possible, families have the experience they want during childbirth.
For prenatal and postpartum care, you choose the physician or nurse midwife you're most comfortable with. If you have a routine labor and vaginal delivery, most likely a midwife will deliver your baby. OB/GYN physicians are always available. They also handle all higher-risk deliveries.
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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