DULLES, VA – Today, Midwife-aided births represent between 6 to 10 percent of all births in the U.S. and are growing, a fact that led StoneSprings Hospital Center to support area Obstetricians and Certified Nurse-Midwives to add this program to the Women’s Services Department.
“Choosing a caregiver is one of the most important decisions a pregnant woman will make. We wanted to support our providers who desired to offer a diversity of services, and give women more options,” said Dr. Costanza Rutland, Obstetrics Department Chair, StoneSprings Hospital Center.
While Midwives have been a part of the childbirth process since ancient times, demand for Midwives – who provide women with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care as well as gynecological services – has been on the rise.
The saying “low-tech, high-touch” is often used with regard to Midwifery and the Certified Nurse-Midwives who practice at StoneSprings Hospital are no different. There are many important decisions to be made about pregnancy that extend beyond the common questions on how to manage pain. “We counsel patients on nutrition which includes good choices before and during pregnancy, understanding symptoms, breastfeeding support, and stress management during pregnancy and postpartum,” said Margie Brandquist, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Loudoun Community Midwives.
“Our presence throughout a woman’s experience is very important. We are dedicated to being right there in the room providing physical and emotional support to the laboring patient and her family,” added Karen Foster-Anderson, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Fairfax OB/GYN Associates.
The Midwifery program offers education and support for patients during their pregnancy to help prepare them for the hard work of labor and birth. During labor, the Certified Nurse-Midwives help facilitate birth through:
- Personalized support
- Wireless monitoring
- Alternative labor and birthing positions
- Skin to skin after birth
- Delayed cord clamping
For more information about the midwifery program at StoneSprings Hospital Center, visit www.StoneSpringsHospital.com.
About StoneSprings Hospital Center
Part of HCA Virginia Health System, StoneSprings Hospital Center, is a 234,000 square foot, 124-bed facility providing medical and surgical services to Loudoun County. Statewide, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals and more than 30 outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is Virginia’s fourth-largest private employer, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care, and pays $72.6 million in state and local taxes annually. For more information about StoneSprings Hospital Center, visit www.stonespringshospital.com.