Having a baby is a life-changing experience and when it comes to the big day there are several options in care to bring your bundle of joy into the world.
When you decide to visit with a midwife you can expect specialized care. Which is what Caitlin Mumm is hoping she gets from her second pregnancy.
"I talked to some people online who told me about what they do basically so I didn't know everything but I'm getting used to it now and learning!" Said Mumm.
A Certified Nurse Midwife cares for women in all walks of life. Whether it's dealing with puberty, questions on maternal care or even well-woman checks; midwives like Audra DeGroot are there to guide and support. But where midwives truly shine is getting ready for baby.
"We involve them in their care as much as we can we educate them so that hopefully they make informed decisions in their care and we try to get them feeling that we're more as a partner in their care." Said DeGroot.
Involving the family and having a sense of control is what attracted Caitlin to choose midwifery over a traditional obstetrician. The Mumms are from Sioux City and came to Avera McKennan to get this special care. Because when she was pregnant with now three-year old Bella, Caitlin says she never felt completely in charge of her pregnancy.
"While we were in Sioux City it was a scheduled C-section, I never even had a choice whatsoever, so we wanted to come up here and try to do it vaginally." Said Mumm
DeGroot has been a Certified Nurse Midwife for a year and half and says she was inspired by the midwives she shadowed while at nursing school.
"I just fell love with it! I thought they did an amazing job and when I became pregnant with my first and I saw a midwife who was amazing and it inspired me and I wanted to give that kind of care to women." Said DeGroot.
For many low risk women like Caitlin, they will only need to see their midwife for their pregnancy care. However, midwives do not replace doctors and as needed they work together as a team.
"If anything starts becoming of concern to us we are not afraid to use the doctors and use our resources. We have perinatologist, we have ultrasounds, we can order an epidural if needed." Said DeGroot.
When it comes to pregnancy, there is plenty room for midwives, OB's, and family practice physicians; each offering different benefits. It's up to mothers and families to decide what kind of care works best for them.
"Interview your provider come up with some questions, you can search the Internet for questions for your provider and think about what's important to you and what you want to get out of your birth experience and your pregnancy." Said DeGroot.
While the latest addition to the Mumm family is still a few weeks away, Bella is ready to be a big sister. And with Audra by her side, Caitlin is ready to be a new mom once again.
"Yes! It'll be nice to have someone else there that knows what they're doing and can help me through everything." Said Mumm.
Certified Nurse Midwives, like an OB, are covered by most insurances. But like Audra said, don't be afraid to interview your provider and find the best care for you. For more information or if a baby is in your future just call 877-AT-AVERA.