Labor and Delivery
Nurse-midwives support a woman’s decision to have the type of birth experience she desires, as long as it is safe for her and her baby. At Winneshiek Medical Center, our midwife encourages patients to the positions that are most comfortable, whether it be in a rocking chair, the birthing ball, the shower or bath, or walking around. She also supports the use of massage, heat or cold therapy, hypnosis, or medication for pain relief if desired. The nurse midwife is also present during labor and delivery so that she can provide the most personalized and individualized care possible.
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Midwifery Care – a personal story
Soon, Melinda found out she was pregnant with their first child. Without family or many friends in the area, Melinda knew she wanted someone who could dedicate a great deal of time to her pregnancy, and research taught her that a midwife provided that level of care.