At Deanna D. Midwifery, we have the answer to your (perhaps literal) search for “prenatal care clinics near me”. Well, we should qualify that slightly. Based in the Tri-Cities, we are proud to serve the communities of Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick. With a certified midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner on staff in Deanna D., we have the experience, education, and holistic care that many women from adolescence through menopause.

Many of our prospective clients have questions about the field of midwifery in general. And while no two clients have the exact same prenatal care plan, we thought it would be a good idea to answer some frequently asked questions we sometimes receive about the field of midwifery. So keep reading, whether you are seeking a certified midwife at a prenatal clinic in the Tri-Cities, or if your interests are purely academic at this point.

What’s A Midwife?

Excellent question. Let’s start with the basics. A midwife is a trained, educated professional who specializes in women’s health and holistic pregnancy care. That can include a host of services, ranging from therapy, education, and more. At Deanna D. Midwifery, our midwife services include the following.

  • Physical examinations
  • Treatment of STIs (for both the patient and her partner)
  • Postpartum care
  • Childbirth assistance
  • Pregnancy checkups
  • Preconception care
  • Family planning counseling
  • Gynecological care
  • Primary care

Midwives specialize in providing personalized care for each on of their clients. This can include emotional, physical, and social care. If you are in need of a certified midwife, consider asking what kind of services your prospective midwife will be providing to make sure that they closely match your specific needs.

What Is Prenatal Care?

Another great fundamental question. Prenatal care is qualified by being any care given to the unborn child and mother before the birth. It includes care given to the developing baby by the mother as directed by the healthcare provider’s instructions. Quality prenatal care includes having a balanced, healthy diet, exercising within reason, getting rest, and whatever else your physician or midwife has advised you to do. Getting proper prenatal care, perhaps from a midwife clinic, is indispensable for a modern, healthy pregnancy.  

How Can I Make Sure That My Baby Is Healthy?

Aside from immediately seeking out professional medical attention like we mentioned above, there are some basic steps you can take to help ensure your pregnancy is smooth and you and your baby are healthy. See a certified midwife or a medical professional. Yes, we are redundant. But it’s important. Don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs. Eat healthy foods (see our previous post for more detail on that topic), and exercise within reason.

Why Should I Choose Midwifery?

To answer this question, we should discuss the Midwives Model of Care, which adheres to the philosophy that birth and pregnancy are normal aspects of life. As opposed to the more cookie-cutter, box-ticking methodologies of traditional medicine, midwifery highlights the personal, social, and psychological aspect of childbearing. We go beyond ticking the boxes to ensure that every aspect of the pregnancy is care for. As safety is our top priority at Deanna D., we partner with local hospitals in the Tri-City area, in addition to ambulatory care clinics, birth centers, and private doctors offices. We are completely certified to provide birthing care and we are supported by a physician during the birth, should out-of-the-ordinary circumstances arise.

At Deanna D. Midwifery, we are passionate about what we do. What we do, to put it simply, is empower women to have an ideal childbearing experience through education, support, and professional care. If you are interested in find a “prenatal care clinic near me”, we believe your search has likely ended. Reach out to us today to learn more about us. We would love to meet you.