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Midwifery offers healthcare choices for Women

Apr 27, 2018, 14:23 PM

18_IMG_8399Midwifery is a time-honored specialty offering care to women that is growing in popularity across the country. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are on staff at the Skagit Regional Health – Arlington Women’s Health clinic near Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington.

The growing midwifery practice offers an option for women for healthcare at all phases of life, while most known for specializing in prenatal care along with labor and delivery.

“We provide well-woman care,” said Cindy Beske, CNM, who joined the practice in December. “We take a holistic approach with a focus on listening, educating, knowing the whole family and knowing how they want the pregnancy, labor and delivery to go. We use the same approach for non-pregnant gynecology care.”

Beske has been a midwife for 23 years, choosing to seek additional training after spending time as a registered nurse in labor and delivery.

“I knew a piece of the process and I wanted the whole picture,” Beske said.

Midwives in Washington are independent health care providers who are licensed by the state and can offer a full range of healthcare services. Certified Nurse Midwives are located in the same office with OB-GYNs at Arlington Women's Health, should any patient needs arise that warrant input from a physician.

Beske says she enjoys the opportunity to work with women to explore their options and set their goals for health, pregnancy and childbirth.

“This is very personal care. We offer a very high level of services and a more holistic approach,” Beske said. “During labor, our patients have someone with them through their entire labor.”

A high level of personalization was a reason Jessica Forman of Marysville chose to see the Skagit Regional Health midwives and deliver her second child at Cascade Valley Hospital recently.

Forman noted that the midwives treated her as a mother, were attentive and helpful in meeting her personal goals in concert with her husband, Zachary. They took cues from her, were only as hands on as she desired during her labor and took control as the birth was imminent.

“They helped me and let me be myself,” Forman said, who also praised the entire staff at the Cascade Valley Hospital Family Birthing Center. “Cindy and Karen were there every step of the way, helping me through contractions and encouraging me between them. I felt like I had a good team around me. It kept me from dwelling on my fears of delivery. I was confident they would help me get through this. Once it was time to push, and it was one of the most painful things I ever had to do in my life, they made me feel like I could be myself in my most vulnerable moments. There were many times I could have allowed the intensity of the moment to sweep me into hyperventilation, sadness, or panic; but these midwives reminded me that I can still control myself and make this a successful natural birth. And sure enough, it was.”

The midwives are also there to support mom and family after the birth and routinely schedule a two-day post-partum visit for the whole family.

“There is a real need in this community for this service and that’s what we’re here to provide,” Beske said. “We want women to know their bodies well enough to be comfortable and natural in their care.”

Skagit Regional Health’s Certified Nurse Midwives offer childbirth education classes at Skagit Regional Health – Arlington Women’s Health, 903 Medical Center Drive in Arlington. For information, call 360-435-0242.

 

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Midwifery offers healthcare choices for Women

Apr 27, 2018, 14:23 PM

18_IMG_8399Midwifery is a time-honored specialty offering care to women that is growing in popularity across the country. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are on staff at the Skagit Regional Health – Arlington Women’s Health clinic near Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington.

The growing midwifery practice offers an option for women for healthcare at all phases of life, while most known for specializing in prenatal care along with labor and delivery.

“We provide well-woman care,” said Cindy Beske, CNM, who joined the practice in December. “We take a holistic approach with a focus on listening, educating, knowing the whole family and knowing how they want the pregnancy, labor and delivery to go. We use the same approach for non-pregnant gynecology care.”

Beske has been a midwife for 23 years, choosing to seek additional training after spending time as a registered nurse in labor and delivery.

“I knew a piece of the process and I wanted the whole picture,” Beske said.

Midwives in Washington are independent health care providers who are licensed by the state and can offer a full range of healthcare services. Certified Nurse Midwives are located in the same office with OB-GYNs at Arlington Women's Health, should any patient needs arise that warrant input from a physician.

Beske says she enjoys the opportunity to work with women to explore their options and set their goals for health, pregnancy and childbirth.

“This is very personal care. We offer a very high level of services and a more holistic approach,” Beske said. “During labor, our patients have someone with them through their entire labor.”

A high level of personalization was a reason Jessica Forman of Marysville chose to see the Skagit Regional Health midwives and deliver her second child at Cascade Valley Hospital recently.

Forman noted that the midwives treated her as a mother, were attentive and helpful in meeting her personal goals in concert with her husband, Zachary. They took cues from her, were only as hands on as she desired during her labor and took control as the birth was imminent.

“They helped me and let me be myself,” Forman said, who also praised the entire staff at the Cascade Valley Hospital Family Birthing Center. “Cindy and Karen were there every step of the way, helping me through contractions and encouraging me between them. I felt like I had a good team around me. It kept me from dwelling on my fears of delivery. I was confident they would help me get through this. Once it was time to push, and it was one of the most painful things I ever had to do in my life, they made me feel like I could be myself in my most vulnerable moments. There were many times I could have allowed the intensity of the moment to sweep me into hyperventilation, sadness, or panic; but these midwives reminded me that I can still control myself and make this a successful natural birth. And sure enough, it was.”

The midwives are also there to support mom and family after the birth and routinely schedule a two-day post-partum visit for the whole family.

“There is a real need in this community for this service and that’s what we’re here to provide,” Beske said. “We want women to know their bodies well enough to be comfortable and natural in their care.”

Skagit Regional Health’s Certified Nurse Midwives offer childbirth education classes at Skagit Regional Health – Arlington Women’s Health, 903 Medical Center Drive in Arlington. For information, call 360-435-0242.