Midwives know that healthy mothers mean healthy, happy babies and
families. We also know that a healthy lifestyle means taking care of
you and your family every day, not just during pregnancy and birth.
That's why midwives are committed to providing quality healthcare, from
birth and beyond. Making a midwife your womens' healthcare provider
means your midwife is there for gynecological care, breast exams, and
more. You can receive adolescent and midlife care, as well as prenatal
and pregnancy care all from the same place, with a midwife you trust.
During pregnancy, we give families as much information as necessary to
make informed choices. We discuss options for birth to help prepare
women for the kind of birth experience they want. We realize that women
and their families enter pregnancy with different goals and dreams for
their baby's birth and we try to support those ideas, even if they are
different from what we would choose for ourselves. One example is pain
management, where we support the full range of safe options from
natural, unmedicated births to those with epidural anesthesia, based on
the woman's needs and wishes.
At each prenatal visit, there are topics to discuss, such as nutrition,
lab work and your expectations for the birth. These appointments are
very important and are your opportunity to have your questions
answered. We welcome your questions and have scheduled time in each
visit for that purpose. This is also the time for us to get to know you
and your family. We welcome your partner and children.
We visit you in the hospital each day from delivery until discharge
which is usually 1 or 2 days after a normal birth. We see you
in our office at 2 and 6 weeks after discharge, with time to discuss
your emotional and physical adjustments to your new role, breastfeeding
issues and birth control options.
Changes in our relationships, our bodies and our day-to-day lives
affect our plans for birth control. Women now have the ability to meet
their contraceptive needs with a wide variety of birth control options
that fit their changing lifestyles.
To make informed choices about birth control:
- Know your own family-planning goals
- Know the options available with regard to general
health and any medical conditions you may have
- Know your method and how it fits in your life
- Know how your method works, the side effects and what
health risks are associated with its use
We are able to provide or
prescribe all the current birth control methods and help you make the
choice that is right for you.
The BABIES Clinic is a free service of Silverton Hospital and is
staffed with Certified Lactation Nurses who can answer your questions
both before and after your baby's birth and assist you with
breastfeeding. You can reach them at 503-873-1668.
The Lactation Nurses also teach a breastfeeding preparation class at
the hospital. It is offered on the second Thursday of each moth. You
can register by calling the BABIES Clinic.
While we believe there are significant benefits to breastfeeding, we
believe it is an individual choice. We want you to be as informed as
possible in making your decision. We also want you to be successful so
we want you to know there is excellent help available, if needed.