Celebrate National Midwifery Week with the Midwives of Delaware County
- The Midwives of Delaware County just celebrated the grand opening of their new office location in Springfield. The practice is composed of six gentle, responsive, and competent midwives who encourage family-centered health care, treat women with respect and dignity, and help them to feel empowered about their bodies, their babies, and their lives.
- National Midwifery Week, which will take place from October 3-9, 2010, celebrates all those in the midwifery community for the experienced, compassionate care they provide.
Ashley Noel knows firsthand that the Midwives of Delaware County are a team of caring and committed midwives, dedicated to providing gynecologic and obstetrical care to women of all ages.
Noel, who has been a patient of the midwives since she was a teenager, gave birth to her first baby in July of this year at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “Through my years of being a patient, I have gained a personal connection with each of the midwives in the practice,” Noel says. “That connection helped to calm my fears when it came time to give birth. My husband, Josh, and I couldn’t have imagined feeling any more comfortable and prepared than we already were.”
The Midwives of Delaware County just celebrated the grand opening of their new office location in Springfield. The practice is composed of six gentle, responsive, and competent midwives who encourage family-centered health care, treat women with respect and dignity, and help them to feel empowered about their bodies, their babies and their lives.
During National Midwifery Week (Oct. 3-9, 2010), Crozer-Keystone Health System and the Midwives of Delaware County celebrate all those in the midwifery community for the experienced, compassionate care they provide.
“This has been a great year for the Midwives of Delaware County, and it’s great to be able to celebrate the practice of midwifery during this national observance,” says Becca Choitz, CNM, director of Midwifery Services for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “Midwifery is an age-old practice, and it continues to provide a unique birth experience, coupled with compassionate, professional care and a commitment to educating women about the health issues affecting them. We allow time for longer visits to address lifestyle issues that affect pregnancy — such as diet and exercise — and also things to avoid, like smoking. We are interested in how a woman’s life affects her pregnancy and the pregnancy affects her life. We spend time preparing women for birth, breastfeeding, and parenting, and we also welcome friends and family to participate and learn about the birth experience.”
Noel and her husband felt as though the education they received from the midwives, and the childbirth education classes that they took at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, gave them the tools they needed to remain calm when they were told that they would need to have an emergency Cesarean section (C-section) within minutes of arriving at the hospital.
“Our initial thought was panic, but after we looked up and saw the reassuring face of our midwife, we felt calm and confident that everything would be OK,” Noel adds. “From arriving to the Labor and Delivery unit to be checked by Bernadette, my midwife, to holding Dylan Edward, who was happy and healthy weighing 8 lbs., 5 oz., took less than 40 minutes. We couldn’t have been more thankful for the professional care and attention that was given to us during this wave of emotion and fear.”
The Midwives of Delaware County offer a full range of obstetrical and gynecological care. They have two office locations, one in the Barclay Square Shopping Center in Upper Darby; the other at 723 Saxer Ave. in Springfield.
For more information about Crozer-Keystone’s maternity services, or to request an appointment with a physician or midwife, call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) or visit www.crozerkeystone.org.