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National Midwifery Week: Comforting, Gentle Care for a Joyous Birthing Experience

In Brief

  • During National Midwifery Week (Oct. 7-13, 2012), Crozer-Keystone Health System celebrates all those in the midwifery community for the experienced, compassionate care they provide.
  • From routine OB/GYN care to delivering babies, midwives work to provide gentle, personalized care, with a full range of maternity and gynecologic services.
  • Crozer-Keystone Health System is proud to offer midwifery services through Delaware County Memorial Hospital. 

When you’re expecting, you want to make sure that you’re receiving the best possible care for you and your baby, and you want to make sure that you are comfortable with the person/practice providing that care.

Midwives provide just that: comfort to expecting women who are about to embrace the joys of childbirth. From routine OB/GYN care to delivering babies, the midwives work to provide gentle, personalized care, with a full range of maternity and gynecologic services.

Becca Choitz, CNM

Becca Choitz,
CNM

“We spend a lot of time with our patients listening to what they would want their birth experience to be like. We work on a birthing plan together so that we can make their experience as stress-free, gentle and joyous as possible,” says Becca Choitz, CNM, director of Midwifery Services for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “We work really hard to make sure that our patients are comfortable with their bodies while pregnant and while giving birth.”

Jessie Shaw, who gave birth to daughter Fiona in April of 2010, says she recommends the Midwives of Delaware County to all of her family members and friends. “I can’t say enough good things about the care I received, and still receive, from the midwives,” says Shaw. “Amy Nathans, the midwife who delivered my daughter, couldn’t have been more in-touch with my feelings and my needs during my labor and delivery. She put my mind at ease, and my and my baby’s health was always top priority.”

Shaw, who gave birth at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, chose to give birth naturally, taking full advantage of the hospital’s labor pool/Jacuzzi. “When you’re in labor, your entire body is involved in the process. Being in the labor pool really helps your muscles relax, and the warm water helps to relieve stress. I stayed in the pool until it was time to start pushing, which really helped with the pain. It was an unbelievable experience,” she adds.

Although Shaw chose to give birth naturally, the midwives offer many alternatives for pain relief and comfort during labor. In addition to the labor pool/Jacuzzi tub, they offer back massage, intravenous analgesic medications and epidural anesthesia.

During National Midwifery Week (Oct. 7-13, 2012), Crozer-Keystone Health System celebrates all those in the midwifery community for the experienced, compassionate care they provide.

The midwives care for women of all ages and stages. Whether you’re an expectant mother, a teenager coming for your first gynecologic exam, or a woman who needs routine gynecologic or postmenopausal care, the midwives welcome and support all women as an equal partner in planning their individual care.

Crozer-Keystone Health System is proud to offer midwifery services through Delaware County Memorial Hospital. The Midwives of Delaware County’s office is located in the Barclay Square Shopping Center in Upper Darby. The midwives of the Birth Center in Bryn Mawr have an office location at 918 County Line Road, in Bryn Mawr. Both practices offer a full range of obstetrical and gynecologic care, and they deliver their babies in the birthing suites of Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

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 our website.

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