Ask the Expert: Pregnancy and Childbirth Options

Ask the Expert: Pregnancy and Childbirth Options

There is an array of choices available for prenatal care and childbirth, which can often be confusing. Working with a midwife throughout pregnancy can be a helpful way for women to alleviate some of the stress that may occur during pregnancy.

Midwifery Services

Linda DelCiappo, CNM, a certified nurse midwife and registered nurse at Southwest General, offers women a holistic approach to childbirth.

Linda is part of Southwest General Medical Group, Inc.’s Women’s Health practice, and has offices located in North Royalton, Middleburg Heights and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. She has more than 20 years of experience in caring for women as a midwife.

“It’s a personal choice,” Linda says about the decision to use a midwife. “During a first appointment, we talk about the difference (between midwifery and traditional options), and I try to find out what the patient is looking for during her pregnancy and for delivery.”

“We support prenatal care,” she says. “I have a very holistic approach to the women and families. We offer everything you can imagine.” Water birth, for example, is an option that soon will be available to Linda’s patients at Southwest General.

Midwives and their patients also discuss a birth plan, such as whether or not to have a natural birth, Linda says. She notes that a common misperception about midwives is that they do not support the choice for pain-relieving medications during labor—when, in fact, they do.

“I think it’s really important for women to have choices,” she says. “I support them in their labor, come to the hospital with them, coach them, work with breathing techniques, and give suggestions on ways to cope with what’s going on with their body.” While all deliveries are performed at the hospital’s Main Campus in Middleburg Heights, Linda will be with the patient through the entire delivery process from the time contractions begin to after the baby is born.

 Maternity Services

Southwest General offers not only midwifery services but also many other choices for pregnancy. Moms-to-be and their families can feel comfortable in private rooms with cozy couches, private baths and soft, soothing colors.

Before or after delivery, women can utilize the lactation services in which consultants provide one-on-one support and answer questions about best practices for breastfeeding.

Women with high-risk pregnancies—such as multiple births or moms-to-be with diabetes, hypertension, pre-eclampsia or a fetus at-risk—can receive focused ­medical care and treatment.

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