Midwife or OB—We’ll let you decide

by David Modica | November 02, 2016


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Swedish Covenant Hospital is dedicated to helping guide you through pregnancy, childbirth and caring for your newborn. To meet the diverse needs of the expecting mothers, we offer both midwives and obstetricians, allowing you to determine what type of care is best for you. 

And as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, we’ve proven to provide safe, effective and cost-efficient care to members of the community in these key areas. 

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What is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM)?

Swedish Covenant Midwifery Group is a proud to have an excellent and diverse team of board-certified nurse-midwives that truly believe in our mission of partnering with women to empower them to be actively involved in their own health care. We strive to provide an exemplary holistic birthing experience with open communication with our patients and the rest of the team.

To earn the title of CNM, a registered advanced practice nurse must continue their training in obstetrics and gynecology and pass a board examination by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). CNMs may specialize in pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and/or well-woman care, making them an essential resource for new mothers.

Swedish Covenant Midwifery Group was recently named the only “Triple Aim” Best Practice Group in Illinois after achieving an average primary cesarean birth rate of less than 23.9%, preterm birth rate of less than 11.4% and an exclusive breastfeeding rate within the first 48 hours of more than 81%.

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What is an obstetrician?
Swedish Covenant Medical Group obstetricians believe that all women should receive evidence-based and compassionate health care through all stages of their life. For new or experienced mothers, we provide a range of services to guide each and every woman through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care.

Obstetricians practice comprehensive gynecological care from adolescence to menopause. To practice as an obstetrician, individuals must graduate from medical school and complete four years of residency training on obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, ultrasonography and preventive care.

Often, women chose to give birth with an OB/GYN they are already familiar and comfortable with. In addition, OBs specialize in assisting in high-risk pregnancy in which the mother has certain health problems, is younger than 17 or older than 35, is pregnant with more than one baby or is taking certain medications.  

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Regardless of which you choose, Swedish Covenant Hospital has the resources to ensure that you and your baby are safe and comfortable with how and where you receive care.
By combining a home-like atmosphere with leading-edge technology and medical specialists that are committed to the health of mother and child, we’ve made it a point to ensure you receive the very best in childbirth care. 
For more information on obstetrics and gynecology and to make an appointment with one our experienced professionals, call 773-878-7787.

For more information on Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Nurse-Midwifery Group, please visit the midwifery services webpage, or call 773-989-6200 to schedule an appointment. 

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