Congratulations on your growing family!

You will make many choices in these next nine months, but perhaps none will be more important than choosing where you will receive maternity care. HealthNet’s OB/GYN doctors and midwives help bring more than 2,000 babies into the world each year, and will provide a full spectrum of care for you and your growing baby. Our highly-experienced, caring staff can assist you throughout your pregnancy.

Services:

  • Pregnancy care from pre-conception counseling through delivery and postpartum care
  • Natural birth options, including water birth, birthing balls, and freedom of movement in labor.
  • Group prenatal care, offered in English or Spanish at several locations.
  • Free pregnancy tests
  • Childbirth classes - prepares mothers for childbirth and infant care
  • OB ultrasound – as needed to monitor you and your baby
  • Breast exams and self-care education
  • General wellness counseling
  • Screening for and treatment of vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Pre- and post-menopausal consultations
  • Well-woman exams - annual check-ups, pap smears and exams
  • Family planning - education, counseling and medical assistance
  • Birth control options - education, exams and prescriptions
  • Breastfeeding counseling/consultation
  • Spanish interpretation - bilingual professionals on-staff
  • Financial screening - insurance and payment assistance available
  • Hoosier Healthwise (Medicaid) enrollment

Midwifery

We have been welcoming new babies since 1991. As the largest midwifery practice in the state of Indiana, we have 27 certified nurse-midwives on staff.

We believe that pregnancy is a special time in the life of a family, and that birth can be an empowering experience. We believe in keeping labor as natural as possible, but are skilled in using interventions when needed to keep mothers and babies safe and healthy. Physicians who specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology are available as part of the health care team. We follow the standards of care developed by the American College of Nurse Midwives and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The word “midwife” literally means “with woman.” HealthNet’s certified nurse-midwives work with you, listen to you, and help you make educated decisions about your health through all the stages of your life.

Our nurse-midwives are specially trained and licensed to provide a comprehensive range of wellness and gynecological health services for women. They can care for you through labor and delivery as well as provide your annual, breast, and pelvic exams, as well as mammograms, screenings and prescriptions.

They are experts in menopause counseling and hormone replacement therapy, and they work with an emphasis on promoting normal physical processes and emotional support.

While educated in standard obstetrics and gynecology, certified nurse midwives include holistic approaches in treating health problems. They believe in healing through caring for a woman’s mind, body and spirit. Sensitive to and respectful of differences in medical treatment among cultures, our certified nurse-midwives adapt to each woman’s particular needs to give her comfort.

All HealthNet midwives are registered nurses with additional education in midwifery and national certification by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

All deliveries take place at Methodist Hospital’s Maternity Center. We do not offer home births.

You can rest easy knowing that you and your baby will have direct access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Methodist Hospital, if needed.

Our Philosophy

The certified nurse-midwives who practice with the HealthNet Nurse-Midwifery program view childbirth as a safe, beautiful and normal process.

We encourage women to be active participants in maintaining their health during pregnancy, birth and throughout their lifespan.

We respect the diversity of beliefs, values and expectations of our patients and will assist them in personalizing their care. While the provision of physical care is an important aspect of nurse-midwifery, we also believe that emotional and social supports, as well as education, are essential components of health care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have you considered asking a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) to assist in your labor? A certified nurse-midwife has been trained in two disciplines: midwifery and nursing. He or she carries a wonderful blend of reassuring support and medical expertise. Here are the answers to some common questions about midwives. If you have other questions,  email us.

What does a certified nurse-midwife do?

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) have a degree in nursing with a specialty in midwifery, which is the care of women and babies throughout the lifespan. We do gynecology, well-woman gynecology, pre-natal care and delivery, and immediate newborn care.

A midwife’s care extends beyond the birth experience to include prenatal care, such as counseling the mother about breastfeeding and infant care. He or she can also offer the mother postpartum care in the form of support and information regarding the physical and emotional changes the mother is experiencing.

What can nurse midwives do?

Certified nurse midwives are able to administer drugs, perform medical procedures, and provide their patients with other technological interventions, but their basic philosophy is not to do so unless absolutely necessary. Instead, they encourage women to give birth naturally. The result is that fewer c-sections and episiotomies are reported in births attended by midwives.

How common are midwives?

Midwifery is a tradition that predates modern medicine and obstetrics. It is only in the last 100 years in the United States that attendance at births has been primarily in the hands of physicians. In the mid-twentieth century, midwives and homebirth had all but disappeared in the United States. Only a few midwives continued to attend births for low-income and minority families. Thankfully, midwives and homebirth made a resurgence in the 1960s and 1970s and its popularity continues to grow. All over the world, midwives are the primary care providers for women and their babies. Ninety-five percent of births world-wide are done by midwives.

What are the different types of midwives?

Midwives are qualified health care providers that go through comprehensive training and examinations for certification. Certification is offered by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). The practice and credentials related to midwifery may differ throughout the United States. Below is a description of each of the types of midwives:

  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM): an individual trained and licensed in both nursing and midwifery by the state of Indiana. Nurse-midwives possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and are certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.
  • Certified Midwife (CM): an individual trained and certified in midwifery by the state of Indiana. Certified midwives possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and are certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.
  • There are some self-taught midwives who are not licensed by the state of Indiana.

What are the benefits of using a certified nurse-midwife?

Some mothers-to-be choose a midwife as an alternative to an OB/GYN physician or family doctor. A midwife provides the mother-to-be and her family with intensive individualized attention, education, counseling, and obstetric care throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, and recovery. Unless complications arise, midwives view childbirth as a natural and healthy process. They support the pregnant woman while letting nature takes its course.

Midwives focus on how the mother-to-be feels about her pregnancy and the actual birth experience. They encourage women to trust their own instincts, create highly personalized birth plans, and help provide them with the information they need to make decisions about their pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.

Research has shown that the use of a nurse-midwife and natural delivery may result in the following benefits:

  • Lower maternity care costs
  • Reduced mortality and morbidity related to cesarean and other interventions
  • Lower intervention rates
  • Fewer recovery complications

Midwives like to spend more time with patients. We focus on prevention and education. If someone comes to us we’ll spend a lot of time focusing on nutrition and what she can do to have an optimal pregnancy outcome.

Is it safe to use a nurse-midwife?

The American College of Nurse-Midwives, which certifies nurse-midwives, reports “nurse-midwifery care has outcomes that are equal to that of physicians with the same type of patients.”

How will my care be scheduled?

If you did not see a nurse-midwife for a preconception visit, your first visit should be scheduled early in your pregnancy. At your first visit, you will meet with a member of the health care team who will help with any insurance questions, draw required blood tests and schedule you for a health history. You will be asked many questions about your health history and meet with one of the nurse midwives or nurse practitioners for a visit. Usually the next visit will be for a complete physical examination including a pap smear test.

The typical schedule for prenatal visits is monthly until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and weekly until birth. This schedule may vary, depending upon the needs of the patient.

We also offer a fun way to receive your prenatal care called Centering Pregnancy. After the first two visits for your health history and physical examination, you will be invited to participate in small groups with other women who are due to deliver near the same time as you. Many mothers have told us that this is the best way to receive care because they enjoy the time with other mothers and learning from each other. Research has shown this to be a wonderful way to decrease preterm birth and improve birth outcomes.

Will I ever meet a doctor?

Most women do not see a physician during their pregnancy or birth. However, a physician is available at all times for consultation. If obstetrical or general medical complications arise, a physician will become involved in your care alongside the HealthNet nurse-midwives.

Where will I give birth?

Births are attended by the HealthNet nurse-midwives at Methodist Hospital. Your baby may remain in the room with you at all times. Nursery service is also available.

The nurse-midwives will follow your recovery while you are in the hospital. A nurse-midwife is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any questions or problems that arise.

What if complications arise?

If a woman develops a serious health problem or high risk complication during her pregnancy or in labor, her care may need to be transferred completely to the obstetrician. If the problem is less serious, she may be collaboratively managed by both the nurse-midwives and the physicians.

Will my insurance pay for nurse-midwife care?

Yes, most insurance companies reimburse nurse-midwives. We can help you to obtain the necessary information to verify coverage.

How much does it cost for care?

Because of the ever-changing cost of care and each individual’s situation, it is best to call the center nearest you to inquire about costs.

We accept all Medicare, Medicaid, Hoosier Healthwise plans (including MDwise, MHS and Anthem) and most commercial insurance plans. We also welcome patients with no insurance. If you do not have insurance, you may be eligible for a sliding fee scale discount. A financial screener at the center nearest you would be happy to assist you.

If you have any other questions, email us.

Hours/Locations

OB/GYN doctors and midwives are available at all HealthNet centers.

Fees/Insurance

We accept all Medicare, Medicaid, Hoosier Healthwise plans (including MDwise, Managed Health Services and Anthem) and most commercial insurance plans. We also welcome patients with no insurance. If you do not have insurance, you may be eligible for a sliding fee scale discount. A financial screener at the center nearest you would be happy to assist you.

Make An Appointment

OB/GYN doctors and midwives are available at all HealthNet centers. To make an appointment, select one of the centers below:

HealthNet Barrington Health Center
HealthNet Martindale-Brightwood Health & Dental Center
HealthNet Care Center at the Tower
HealthNet People’s Health & Dental Center
HealthNet Southeast Health & Dental Center
HealthNet Southwest Health Center
Prenatal Classes

Build confidence in yourself and your partner as you prepare for the birth of your baby. Learn what to expect during childbirth and how you and your partner can get ready. Ask questions of our experienced childbirth educators.

Call (317) 957-2022 or e-mail info@indyhealthnet.org to register or for more information.

Birth Center Tours

Learn about giving birth at Methodist Hospital. Tours are offered in both English and Spanish and will help you know what to expect during your stay here. For information, e-mail info@indyhealthnet.org.

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