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HealthNet OB/GYN Services
Program Name: HealthNet OB/GYN Services
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.
Care during Pregnancy
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Over the years, we have had many people ask about nurse midwives and their training.We have prepared this short introduction to nurse midwifery practice at HealthNet. We have been welcoming new babies since 1991. As the largest midwifery practice in the state of Indiana, we have 21 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. We have wonderful physicians colleagues who specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Together, 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 wellness exams, including referrals for mammograms, other screenings and prescriptions.
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 Midwifery Certification Board.
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.
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
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 are trained in 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 order technological interventions, but their basic philosophy is not to do so unless 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 is more common in Europe. All over the world, midwives are the primary care providers for women and their babies. Ninety-five percent of births world-wide are attended by midwives. In the United States, 11.4% of babies in 2009 were delivered 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 meet standards established 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 meet standards established by the American College of Nurse Midwives.
- Certified Professional Midwife (CPM): an individual trained according to standards established by the North American Registry of Midwives and specializes in home birth. CPMs received legal licensure in 2013 in the state of Indiana.
What are the benefits of using a certified nurse-midwife?
A midwife provides the mother-to-be and her family with 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.
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 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
Is it safe to use a nurse-midwife?
The American College of Nurse-Midwives, the professional organization of 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?
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 which may include 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?
If you have a condition such as a previous c-section, history of preterm birth, high blood pressure or diabetes, you will be scheduled to meet with one of our OBGYN physicians. They will discuss with you their recommendations for care during pregnancy and at delivery. If you have an uncomplicated pregnancy, 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 and physicians at Methodist Hospital. We strongly support skin to skin contact with your baby, so your baby will remain in the room with you at all times.
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 continue to see both the nurse-midwives or nurse practitioner and the physician.
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.
OB/GYN doctors and midwives are available at all HealthNet centers.
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 & Dental 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 & Dental Center
HealthNet Eastside Health Center
HealthNet Northeast Health Center – Opening August 2013
HealthNet West Health Center
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.
For more information about OB/GYN or midwifery services, please call (317) 962-9644.
Birth Center Tours
American College of Nurse-Midwives - Indiana Chapter
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Babycenter.com - An internet-based resource for new and expectant parents.
Breastfeeding resources and information from the American College of Nurse-Midwives
Centering Pregnancy and Parenting Association
Indiana Perinatal Network
Indianapolis Star website for new and expectant mothers
La Leche League information about breastfeeding
Midwife Alliance of North America
OBGYN.net Pregnancy and Birth Page