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Nurse-Midwife and OBGYN Partnership Offers Best of Both Worlds

By  on 02/28/2020

Hear the word “midwife,” and you might picture a woman delivering a squalling infant in a cabin on the prairie (probably in a snowstorm), or perhaps in a humble London flat (if you’re a fan of PBS’s Call the Midwife).

But these days a midwife birth is more likely to happen somewhere like the second-floor Labor & Delivery Unit at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.

There, Michelle Djevharian, CNM, is one of five nurse-midwives on staff who are part of an innovative collaboration that delivers more than 2,000 babies a year. The team includes nurses, as well as both staff and private-practice obstetricians and nurse-midwives.

“People assume that midwives just deliver babies at home and that’s just not true,” says Djevharian.

In fact, 94% of all midwife-attended births occur in hospitals, according to the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Besides staff members, who are employed by Einstein, nurse-midwives from four local practices attend births at Einstein Montgomery. They are drawn by its welcoming attitude and patient-centered team approach to childbirth.

“The collaborative relationship between the midwives, doctors and nurses at Einstein is really lovely,” says Jennyfer Floyd, CNM, of WomenWise Midwifery in East Norriton. “It is really unusual. We’re like a unicorn, especially in this area. The hospital understands the benefit of midwifery and uses it to its full potential.”


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