You’ll make many choices when it comes to pregnancy, but who you choose for your prenatal care is one of the most important choices of all. Fortunately, at TP4W, we are able to offer full-service OB/Gyn care providing you with the best of what both obstetricians and midwives have to offer. To help give you an idea of the skills and specialties provided by nurse-midwives and obstetricians, we’re taking the time to explain these healthcare providers’ key differences and benefits.
The Difference Between an Obstetrician and a Midwife
The main difference between obstetricians and midwives comes down to schooling. Midwives hold master’s or doctorate degrees in nursing and focus on family-centered maternity care, along with annual gynecology care and family planning. Midwives tend to provide education and support for non-interventive and medicinal options in pregnancy and birth. In addition, all of the nurse-midwives at TP4W have graduate degrees, have passed a national certification exam, and are certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board. Obstetricians are trained to offer medical and surgical care and are certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Because of their background in surgery, obstetricians perform C-sections and gynecologic surgeries, which midwives do not perform.
The TP4W Difference
Thankfully, at TP4W, you don’t have to choose between obstetrician and midwife. We are proud to be a collaborative practice with a nurse-midwife and physician on call 24/7. This approach is what makes Triangle Physicians for Women both unique and well-loved in our community. Our team is well-rounded and consists of board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses, sonographers, lab technicians, and mammography technicians. Collaboration is key, especially when it comes to prenatal care. By working together, our doctors and midwives are better able to address your health needs and provide you with the best of both worlds of care. If you’re interested in expanding your options when choosing an OB/GYN, contact TP4W and set up an appointment with the only practice in Cary, NC, that offers collaborative care from both obstetricians and midwives.
The Benefits of Obstetrician Care
Obstetricians are typically the safest option if you require management of a gynecological issue or are planning to have a cesarean section. Some other benefits of choosing an obstetrician include:
- Specialized training to manage complications such as preeclampsia or placenta previa
- Access to medical technology
- Specialized surgical training if a cesarean birth becomes necessary
The Benefits of Midwifery Care
Midwives offer expert care during pregnancy, delivery, and even after birth. Midwives also tend to provide more support during the delivery process, and many continue to help you adjust to parenting by offering education on nutrition, exercise, and emotional wellness. At Triangle Physicians for Women, our nurse-midwives provide the following services:
- Preconception counseling
- Early pregnancy education
- Nutrition counseling
- Routine prenatal visits
- VBAC support and counseling
- 24/7 labor and delivery support at WakeMed Cary
- Postpartum care
- Well-woman annual care
- Family planning services
Contact Triangle Physicians for Women
The team at Triangle Physicians for Women is here for you in all stages of your life. If you have any questions regarding our doctors, midwives, or our collaborative approach to prenatal care, please reach out. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Triangle Physicians for Women, you may do so by calling (919) 678-6900 or requesting an appointment electronically under the Contact Us tab.