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Midwife birthing now available at CVH

 

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The three certified nurse-midwives who are part of Cascade Valley Hospital's recently opened midwife birthing program, from left, Karen Landon, Cindy Beske and Debbie Miller.

Cascade Valley Hospital now offers a midwife program that provides pregnant women a birthing experience different from the common obstetrician-based birthing.

"We offer a different type of care for people who like the hospital but might have some other preferences," said Cindy Beske, certified nurse-midwife at Cascade Valley Hospital.

While the birth still happens at the hospital, the focus is different for a midwife program.

A midwife birth is "in between the very medicalized kind of care and the kind of home birth that some women might choose," said Beske.

"Pregnancy is a normal process in life. They're not sick and they don't need to be admitted to a hospital," said Debbie Miller, certified nurse-midwife at Cascade Valley Hospital.

Physicians at the hospital are still available for pregnant women in the program should their input be needed or an emergency arises.

The midwife program is not just for the birth though, and is meant to help families through all parts of the pregnancy process.

"We are advanced practice nurses and we provide total well-woman care as well as care through pregnancy, labor, delivery and afterwards," said Beske.

"We care for them throughout the entire 40 weeks of their pregnancy," said Miller.

That includes check-ups and treatments like hormone replacements sometimes.

Beske and Miller said that they try and take longer appointments as well so that women and families get all their questions answered.

"We really want to create a sense of 'I can bring in my list of questions and freely talk to my midwife about those things and not be judged,'" said Miller.

"So we try to offer longer appointments so women have time to get their questions answered," she said.

"We like to put a lot of emphasis on education and support and being holistic," said Beske.

The program is meant to help all members of the family as well.

"We include the family, and we like to include more total care and that it helps people feel supported," said Beske.

Miller said that the nurse-midwives at the hospital try to ensure families who come in get what they want out of the program.

"They tell me what it is they want to get out of their care and we really try to customize our care to meet those needs," she said.

The nurse-midwives also try to take a supportive bedside approach when they are needed as well.

"So when a woman goes into labor we are there to offer that support," said Miller.

"We want to stay there and make sure mom and baby are transitioning well," she said.

The hospital's midwife program has been available since December of last year.

"The word is just getting out, so it takes a few months," said Beske.

"We're just hoping to snowball it and grow with the community," she said.

For those who prefer a midwife birth over the traditional obstetrician/hospital experience, the program provides better options, said Beske.

"I do think it helps the hospital provide a more complete service," she said.

The program can be paid for with the same insurance that obstetricians bill, said Miller.

That includes state Medicaid and "most of the plans that are around," said Beske.

For more information or to register for the program call 360-435-0242.

 

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