Midwifery in Genesee County
Where can I find a midwife?
Currently there are is only one midwife who is both a Certified Nurse Midwife and able to perform deliveries at the two local hospitals:
- Melissa Kitzman, CNM, WH-NP, APRN
The practice with the most education is Midwifery of Genesee which serves cities such as Flint, Fenton, and Grand Blanc. The Midwives are Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Nurse Practitioners. Their training doesn't limit them to the care of pregnant women; instead, they are able to take care of all female health care.
They deliver at both McLaren Flint and Hurley Medical Center. They are very open to different birthing methods however they prefer to deliver in the hospital setting for the safety of both mother and child.
Why use a Midwife?
The decision to hire a midwife or a physician for the delivery of a baby is something that requires careful deliberation by an expectant mother well in advance of the delivery date. Both of these professionals should have the required skills and experience for the job, however the staff and equipment that accompanies each of these professionals will be different. While many moms deem a doctor as the best choice some prefer a midwife; it's important to realize that both have several advantages that should be considered.
What is a Midwife?
The nurse-midwife receives special training to provide a broad range managed health care services for women and newborns. CNM functions include diagnosis (taking a medical history, doing a physical assessment, ordering laboratory tests and procedures), managing therapy (outlining care, providing prescriptions, coordinating consultations and referrals), manages all aspects of low-risk pregnancies and deliveries, and activities that promote women's health and reduce health risks.
Although most of the CNM practice focuses on childbearing, family planning, and gynecological care for well women, CNMs may also check and manage common illnesses in adults. All services are done together with the patient. Most countries in the world utilize midwifes instead of Ob/Gyn physicians to provide obstetrical care.
CNMs are legally allowed to write prescriptions in some states but not in others. CNMs provide independent health care management, consultation or co-management, and referral services.
To find out more about nurse midwives please visit the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Advantage #1 – Full Attention on Your Childbirth
Families that opt for midwife services love the full attention that the worker gives to the childbirth. Unlike doctors who need to complete their rounds with other patients, midwives will only work on one mother at a time. This assures the expecting mother that whatever happens, a medical staff is always on standby for any medical complications that may come. The midwife will accompany the mother through all pregnancy stages, i.e. water breaking and muscle contractions. A doctor will not give this type of full medical attention (unless you want to pay a huge bill).
Because of this one-on-one attention, the midwife is able to make the delivery a more personal experience than a doctor who may need to blurt out commands prior to checking in on other mothers in labor. A midwife has more specialized training and knows how to make the patient more comfortable when compared to a doctor.
Advantage #2 – Midwives Specialize in Childbirth
A certified midwife is experienced in childbirth and is trained in a number of medical actions for a variety of pregnancy situations. Many midwives are also knowledgeable in methods that strive to reduce birthing time and delivery pains.
In some cases, midwives may have more experience with childbirth than a general doctor. In fact, a midwife may have helped deliver more babies than a doctor. General practitioners' will have their attention divided among patient problems that are not related to pregnancy. They may not be as current as a mid-wife. A midwife knows the childbirth process in theory and constant practice. This focus assists the mother in receiving a smooth delivery process.
Advantage #3 – Family Control in Childbirth
A midwife is more open to family concerns than a general doctor. It is easier to convince a midwife to do the delivery at home. If you voice out your opinions to a doctor, the scenario would be different. The doctor would tell you that you should follow the best practice: i.e. the medical choice of the physician. Whereas, a midwife will be open to possibilities of a home birth (of course, the risks should be fairly evaluated). Hiring a midwife assures that the whole family can decide and participate in the delivery process.
Advantage #4 – Less Childbirth Expenses
It is a fact that doctors charge more. This is especially true if you are able to have your doctor perform the delivery at home. Doctors usually charge by the hour and the bill would be quite substantial for many deliveries. A midwife offers the same medical wisdom and skill at a considerably lower price. Most midwives charge you for the whole process and not by the hour. If your pregnancy is not high risk, hiring a midwife may be a wise and thrifty decision.