Nurse Midwives Provide Comprehensive Care At All Ages | Woodridge, IL | Premier Suburban Medical Group

Published on February 16, 2022

Nurse Midwives Provide Comprehensive Care At All Ages

Specialized healthcare providers offer much more than pregnancy, delivery care 

While most physician specialities, such as endocrinology or cardiology, have been practiced for just the last century or so, there is a medical speciality that began right alongside the very beginnings of humanity, thousands and thousands of years ago. 

Nurse-Midwife with BabyMidwifery has been practiced for as long as humans have been giving birth, with women of wisdom and knowledge helping babies into the world and then healing their mothers, says Lisa Abu-Samra, C.N.M, board-certified Nurse Midwife at Premier Suburban Medical Group. “History is clear that, for the overwhelming majority, younger midwives received specialized training and education from older midwives. These women cared for female health overall, passing down herbal remedies, physical therapies and birthing techniques that were - for the most part - reliable, tried and true.” 

Midwifery fell out of a favor in the 1950’s, with nearly 88% of women in the United States giving birth in hospitals with physicians in that decade. However, as medical interventions and surgeries became more common even with low-risk, normal pregnancies, women began taking another look at this ancient science of care. 

Midwifery makes a comeback

Abu-Samra says, “Women have recognized that reproductive events are natural, healthy events. Pregnancy - and periods and menopause - aren’t illness or disease. That thinking lines up very neatly with the philosophy of midwifery, which has contributed to the rise of modern nurse midwifery. A growing awareness of what nurse midwifery really is, and the education and training behind it has also helped the practice become more mainstream.” 

To become a nurse midwife, persons must now earn a bachelor’s degree, possess at least one year of nursing experience, complete a master’s degree in nursing, and then specialize in midwifery, passing the National Certification Examination. 

Alyssa Monsivais, C.N.M, board-certified Nurse Midwife also at Premier Suburban Medical Group, earned her degree and certification at Frontier Nursing University, one of the most historic and prestigious midwife training institutions in the U.S. 

Nurse midwives care for overall reproductive health

Monsivais says, “Nurse midwifery is holistic care. We not only take care of women when they are pregnant, during delivery and after birth, we also tend to women throughout their lives, from adolescence and puberty through menopause. Nurse midwives can perform pelvic and wellness exams, diagnosis gynecological challenges like yeast infections or sexually transmitted diseases, and even treat urinary tract infections.” Nurse midwives can also put together a plan for proper nutrition and exercise with girls and women. 

Abu-Samra explains that nurse midwifery isn’t just about the physical aspects of a woman’s anatomy.  “While we specialize in reproductive health, our approach is very much family-centered. We explain and help with family planning choices. We can guide parents as they introduce new babies to older siblings. With our help, families understand what can be expected in the first few weeks after a baby arrives - and we help troubleshoot and problem solve. Nurse midwives can help with breastfeeding difficulties too.” 

Nurse midwife care during pregnancy, delivery

Of course, for many women, the most important benefit of working with a certified nurse midwife is the care they offer during pregnancy and childbirth. Abu-Samra and Monsivais are able to provide comprehensive care to low-risk, healthy pregnant persons. Whenever complications may arise, these professionals work with board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists Esmond Yen, M.D. and Husam Marsheh, M.D., also at Premier Suburban Medical Group. “Our trust in Lisa and Alyssa is very deep,” says Dr. Yen. “They are vital to providing a full scope of reproductive health care for our patients.” 

Monsivais says, “From the first prenatal visit through the birth of your baby, we develop relationships with our patients that are unmatched. Besides regular examinations and test result reviews, we will have reviewed and discussed your birthing experience options, discomfort and pain management preferences, and after care choices. We become a full partner in your delivery, communicating and following through with your decisions. We’ll also help you with other options if your or your baby’s safety comes into question. We encourage Baby’s father or your birthing support partner to be involved as much as possible.” 

Abu-Samra explains that nurse midwifery is rooted in letting people experience pregnancy, labor and delivery as naturally as possible, allowing the body to go through its own processes in its own time. “In any instance where medical intervention is necessary, we will thoroughly educate you about procedures and help you make an informed decision about your care.” 

Nurse midwives can be present during labor and delivery, offering an educated, compassionate support during birthing and in the immediate moments after Baby arrives. “Many women are committed to breastfeeding and then feel frustrated when Baby doesn’t immediately latch on after birth,” says Monsivais. “While breastfeeding is natural, it isn’t always easy. When you have a nurse midwife in the delivery room postpartum, we can help make that very first breastfeeding experience a success, giving Mom confidence in this feeding method.” 

Nurse midwife care at all times of life

Beyond the pregnancy and birthing experience, women of all ages can benefit from a nurse midwife caring for their reproductive health. Adolescents, teens and young adults often feel more at ease talking to a nurse midwife. “Our philosophy of relationship-building can appeal to younger patients, who want to feel comfortable asking a lot of questions as their bodies change and mature. Nurse midwives will educate, inform and explain what happens during puberty, during periods and about sexual health and birth control,” says Abu-Samra. 

Peri- and post-menopausal women also see the advantages of having a nurse midwife as their reproductive health care provider. Monsivais says menopause is a significant change to the body, just like pregnancy, labor and delivery, and women are becoming more likely to seek out specialized knowledge and care. “Nurse midwives can help older women gain more control over their healthcare and navigate the often-conflicting messages about hormone replacement, weight gain, and other challenges. We can offer in-depth information about both natural and medical options that relieve menopause symptoms and preserve overall health,” she says. 

Abu-Samra says that at any time of life, having a nurse midwife on a woman’s health care team makes a great deal of sense. “Your nurse midwife is a life-long care provider, someone intimately familiar with your overall health. We develop relationships with our patients unlike any other healthcare providers, as we’ve been with you at the most challenging, most rewarding and most impactful moments you’ll experience.” 

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