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Published on October 27, 2011

Midwives of Delaware County: Putting Patients at Ease

In Brief

  • The Midwives of Delaware County work hard to make the birthing experiences of each of their patients comfortable, personable, and most importantly, safe for both mom and baby.
  • The Midwives of Delaware County, a practice composed of six gentle, responsive, and competent midwives who encourage family-centered healthcare, treat women with respect and dignity, and help them to feel empowered about their bodies, their babies and their lives.
  • 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.

The Midwives of Delaware County work hard to make the birthing experiences of each of their patients comfortable, personable, and most importantly, safe for both mom and baby.

New mother of one, Heather Coforio, and veteran mother of four, Hope Wilson, knows personally of the top notch care they received during their pregnancies and beyond.       

“When we first found out we were pregnant, my husband and I went to see an OB/GYN at one of the center-city Philadelphia hospitals,” says Coforio, a Philadelphia resident. “Our first meeting with the physician wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t as personable as we would have liked it to be. Since I wanted to have a natural childbirth, I did a lot of research online about healthcare providers who may be a good fit for that. Being very intrigued by the information I found about the midwives, we decided to give them a try. As soon as we were finished our first appointment, we knew for sure we had found our healthcare provider. They made us feel so comfortable, took a lot of time to explain things and helped us develop a birthing plan that fit our wants/needs. They truly made us feel as though we were part of their ‘family,’ even after our baby, Bridget, was born in June.”

The Midwives of Delaware County, a practice composed of six gentle, responsive and competent midwives who encourage family-centered healthcare, treat women with respect and dignity and help them to feel empowered about their bodies, their babies and their lives. The midwives deliver in beautiful birthing rooms at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

“I’ve gone through all four of my pregnancies with the midwives, and can’t say enough good things about the care that I have received from them in the past several years,” Wilson, a resident of Chester, says. “I delivered all four of my children naturally, and the midwives couldn’t have been more helpful and supportive. Throughout all of my pregnancies, my midwife, Bernadette, was extremely attentive to any emotional and physical problems that I was having. She addressed every issue in a calm and knowledgeable manner. All of the midwives work very hard to put the comfort and safety of both mom and baby first and foremost.”

During the week of Oct. 3-9, 2011, Crozer-Keystone Health System and the Midwives of Delaware County will celebrate National Midwifery Week. Those in the midwifery community will be honored for the experienced, compassionate obstetric and gynecologic care they provide.

Wilson’s husband, Dan, says he always felt at ease with his wife’s pregnancies because of the care she and the babies received from the midwives. “I was less a lot less nervous than a lot of dads I know while Heather was in labor. I knew she and the baby were in good hands each time she delivered,” he said.

Bernadette Lloyd-Sobolow, CNM, who is the midwife of Coforio and Wilson, says that the practice of midwifery really helps women to feel comfortable with their bodies during their pregnancy and while giving birth. “I believe in working together with my patients as a team so that we can come up with the best plan that provides a safe and healthy pregnancy, and a gentle, supported and joyful birth experience.”

Becca Choitz, CNM, director of Midwifery Services for Crozer-Keystone Health System, agrees. “Midwifery provides a unique birth experience, coupled with compassionate, professional care and a commitment to educating women about the health issues affecting them. 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.”

The midwives care for women of all ages and stages. Whether you are expecting a baby, a teenager coming for your first gynecologic exam, or a woman who needs routine gynecologic or postmenopausal care, we welcome and support you as an equal partner in planning your individual care.

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.

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