Choosing an Obstetrics Provider: The First Decision You’ll Make as a Parent

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 20, 2014

There are few important things to consider before choosing an obstetrics provider for you and your baby.

Long before you start picking out baby names, you will need to make a few other decisions, including who will care for you and your baby during your pregnancy.

Here are a few important things you should consider to ensure that you are making the best decision for you and your family.

Be sure that the provider you choose offers the full range of services that you and your baby will need throughout your pregnancy.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, our obstetricians and midwives provide comprehensive consultation and pregnancy care. And, in the event you or your baby needs specialized care, the hospital is home to some of the most advanced world-class programs in gynecology, obstetrics, and newborn care.

The Center for Fetal Medicine and Prenatal Genetics provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of fetal disease, genetic counseling, and fetal ultrasound, working closely with the specialists in the state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), for babies who require intensive, specialized care.

The Newborn Medicine Department, which is staffed by expert neonatologists and other specialists, cares for newborns and is specially equipped to care for infants as young as 23 weeks gestation. Our state-of-the-art, Level-3 NICU is one of the best in the world.

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Celebrating Midwifery Care

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 1, 2014

Midwives play a crucial role in the care of childbearing women around the world.

Today’s post is written by Michele A.  Helgeson, CNM, MPH, Director of Midwifery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Some people know May 5 as Cinco de Mayo, but in global maternal child health, it is known as the International Day of the Midwife. Sponsored by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), this day is set aside to celebrate midwifery as a profession and to acknowledge the crucial role they play in the care of childbearing women around the world.

The word “midwife” comes from old English (mit-wyf) and literally means “with woman.” One of the oldest professions in the world, American nurse-midwives trace their history to Mary Breckinridge, who in 1925 established Frontier Nursing School and the British model of nurse midwifery to provide quality health care to the rural areas of Kentucky. Almost eighty years later, today’s nurse-midwives practice and promote a philosophy of health and well-being to women of all ages throughout the country.

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