You may see a certified nurse midwife at your first appointment. Certified Midwives (CMs) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) have graduated from college and have passed a national examination. Throughout your periodic check-ups and procedures, you will meet with a variety of friendly midwives who have extensive experience and can handle any complications should they arise.
While you are required to deliver your baby at our facility in Williamsport, there are midwives available in Muncy for your convenience. You may schedule your various trimester appointments at Muncy Valley Hospital and receive the same great care as you would at our main facility. It's all part of The Birthplace's commitment of providing the best care to women throughout central PA.
Over the first few appointments with your midwife, you will discuss delivery options based on your health status and taking any risks into account. There are three possible scenarios for delivery: vaginal birth, vaginal birth after cesarean and cesarean birth. Most mothers will work with a midwife for vaginal deliveries. If risks are at hand, a doctor may be brought in to ensure safe delivery.
Types of Delivery
Vaginal births can greatly reduce the risk for infection and future infertility. There are a variety of pain management options available should you choose vaginal delivery to ease discomfort and make the experience easier to enjoy and celebrate.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is now a delivery choice for women who have had a previous cesarean delivery. If you meet specific criteria, you may plan for a vaginal delivery with your obstetric practitioner. The labor and delivery nurses will work together with your physician to assist you in a vaginal delivery.
Cesarean deliveries are performed in an operating room that is located within the labor and delivery area. A cesarean section requires that an incision is made in your abdomen and uterus through which your baby is born. The labor and delivery nurses are specially trained to assist in the operating room and in recovery techniques for a cesarean delivery. Your incision may be painful for two to three days, then tender for a week or two. The staples used to close your incision are removed and steri strips applied before your discharge. A hospital stay for a cesarean birth is two to three days, and you can resume most physical activities approximately six weeks following your delivery.