Thursday, Mar 28, 2019
In spite of a nationwide decline in births, midwives are enjoying a noticeable rise in popularity as women learn that they are about more than just birthing babies.
Certified nurse midwife Macie Goff at Harbin Clinic Women’s Center Cartersville has seen the use of nurse midwives increase dramatically over her two decades in the field.
Goff is the newest member to the team of certified nurse midwives on staff at Women’s Center Cartersville. The other midwives are Susan Nelson Crisp, Kim Millsap and Valerie Smith.
“People are becoming more familiar with how a midwife actually works,” Goff said. “Most people used to imagine a home birth with lots of boiling water and clean towels. We are actually in the office and in the hospital, providing complete care for women in all of their OB/GYN needs.”
Harbin Clinic Cartersville OB/GYNs Dr. Ben Warren and Dr. Steven Spivey recognize that more and more women are choosing to include a certified nurse midwife in their pregnancy care plan, but they also appreciate that they are available to their patients for far more complete care.
“Midwives are an important resource for women well beyond pregnancy,” said Dr. Warren. “They’re available to support our patients for all stages of obstetric and gynecological care.”
The midwives at the Center are board-certified nurse midwives as well as certified nurse practitioners. This means that they can provide a full range of care, including primary care, gynecologic and family planning, preconception care, prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care.
“I feel that the contribution that we midwives provide is greatly appreciated by our doctors and patients,” says Smith. “The most rewarding part of what we do is being able to empower women to make well-informed choices as they navigate profound transitions in their lives.”
Studies show that women who involve a nurse midwife in their prenatal care are less likely to require interventions such as electronic fetal monitoring, epidurals, episiotomies and cesarean sections. This means healthier outcomes for mothers and their babies, and an easier recovery time.
“We are able to be there for our patients not just physically, but emotionally, too,” said nurse midwife Kim Millsap. “We often have patients call us just looking for advice and we are able to dedicate the time to help them with whatever they need.”
Millsap has developed quite a reputation in the region for her excellent care. She was recently named a top Atlanta-area midwife by Atlanta Baby magazine.
“We are proud to offer state-of-the-art services and our midwives provide compassionate attention that goes above and beyond,” says Dr. Spivey. “This makes them an invaluable addition to the care our patients receive.”