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Really, what is a midwife?

Most people think a midwife simply delivers babies, but midwifery care is so much more than that. Although midwives are probably most well-known for how they help women in labor and delivery, they apply the midwifery model of care with women throughout their lifespan.

The midwifery model of care encourages a compassionate partnership with the patient. Additionally, a midwife will affirm the normal processes of women's lifecycle events. The goal of the midwife is to encourage a woman to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make informed healthcare decisions.

Midwifery care is one of the oldest medical practices in existence. There are references to midwifery in the Old Testament of the Bible as well as in the recorded history of the Egyptian Pharaohs. In ancient societies, when childbirth was the leading cause of death in women, entire social groups depended on the skill of the midwife for the survival of their clan. Midwives held a place of significant stature and were rewarded both financially and socially for their important work.

Although the first midwives concentrated primarily on the processes of childbirth, today's midwives provide personalized care to women of all ages. Nurse-midwives understand the unique physical and emotional needs of women. They understand that the family structure can affect a woman's individual healthcare needs and they take the time to ask questions and listen.

Today's certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who completed one of the advanced programs accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). Certified nurse-midwives are trained and licensed to evaluate healthcare needs of women from puberty onward. Midwives provide preconception counseling, family planning services, preventive gynecological care, as well as screening and treatment for infections. The goal of today's CNM is to engage the patient in conversation and keep the lines of communication open as a woman moves from one stage of life to another.

Whether a patient is deciding on what kind of pain medication is best during labor, or how long to breastfeed a new baby, or how to handle an unexpected gynecological problem, nurse-midwives are here to collaborate on that decision. They are trained to ask questions and guide patients in making the best possible individual, healthcare decision. Nurse-midwives offer safe, personalized healthcare for women of all ages.

Certified nurse-midwives Julie Rischar and Shelley Russell (CNM) of All About Women Obstetrics & Gynecology offer women of Gainesville and surrounding areas the most compassionate, experienced midwifery care during pregnancy and all stages of life. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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‹ All About Women OB/GYN Knowledge Center
6440 W Newberry Road, Suite 111
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 331-3332
Lake City
4447 NW American Lane, Suite 102
Lake City, FL 32055
(386) 754-1744

Gainesville and Lake City OB/GYN Care

OB/GYN doctors at All About Women, Obstetrics & Gynecology offer personalized, technologically advanced obstetrics and gynecology services from Board Certified OB/GYB physicians. Besides expert women's healthcare, permanent birth control and prenatal care, OB/GYN doctors also offers advanced hysterectomy surgery in and around the Gainesville area.

Women's Health Care in Alachua & Columbia Counties

With offices in Gainesville and Lake City, Florida, All About Women, M.D. provides expert OB/GYN services covering the entire range of women's healthcare needs. Our OB/GYN physicians and nurse midwives provide expert care during pregnancy as well as state of the art in-office treatments for gynecologic disorders including Novasure endometrial ablation to treat/stop heavy menstrual bleeding.

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Gainesville obstetricians at All About Women, M.D. help ensure pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible by offering the best prenatal care available. And for those having difficulty getting pregnant, AAW obstetricians and gynecologists offer couples the best infertility help and treatment available.

Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery: daVinci Surgical System

Clinic founder Dr. Anthony Agrios, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist also specializes in the daVinci Robotic surgery system, a minimally invasive option commonly used for a hysterectomy and other procedures. Instead of creating several small incisions like traditional surgical methods, OB/GYN surgeons simply open one incision with the daVinci system to complete the procedure. Not only do patients experience less pain and blood loss, they recover and get back to normal much faster.

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All About Women
Gainesville and Lake City, Florida Obstetrics & Gynecology

Offices conveniently located in the heart of North Florida (Alachua County & Columbia County). Serving women of all ages and backgrounds
in and around Ocala, Williston, Chiefland, Perry, Live Oak, Lake City, Starke, Palatka and Gainesville.