Catawba Women's Center is the first and only practice of its kind in the Catawba Valley Region. The practice was originally founded in 1972 and added midwifery services in 1998. Our practice model gives women the option of choosing a midwife for their obstetric and/or gynecological care. The midwives work collaboratively with physicians in the office and while on call at Catawba Valley Medical Center. This relationship allows for streamlined coordination of care, ensuring you get the highest level of care. We are the only midwifery practice in the Foothills area that offers 24/7 midwifery coverage to our patients during labor and birth.

Our practice is a collaborative one. That means our midwives and physicians work together as a team. What makes our practice unique is that women get the advantage of choosing a midwife for their obstetric or gynecologic care. If you choose a midwife for your care, you will have the opportunity to meet all four midwives and one of them will always be available on call 24hrs a day. You will also get the reassurance that an excellent physician is available for consultation at all times. Collaborative care between midwives and physicians has overwhelmingly proven to improve the health outcomes of women and their infants.

All four nurse midwives at Catawba Women's Center are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and fulfill state requirements as advanced practice nurses. They hold full prescriptive authority and can prescribe medications when needed. They also routinely attend continuing education courses to stay up to date on the newest guidelines and recommendations in obstetric and gynecological care. For more information about Nurse-Midwives, please see the web site for the American College of Nurse-Midwives .

Midwife Services

Our Midwives provide prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and gynecological care. We offer lab services, sonograms, mammograms, and DEXA scans in our office. For those with complications, we work closely with our collaborating physicians and specialists who can provide medical consultations when needed to ensure comprehensive care. Below is a brief list of some of the services our Midwives provide.

Prenatal Care

  • Comprehensive, Family-Centered Pregnancy Care
  • Co-Management of High-Risk Conditions
  • Genetic Screening
  • Early gender ultrasound (for an additional fee)
  • 3D ultrasound (for an additional fee)
  • Induction of Labor (when necessary)
  • VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)

Labor and Delivery

  • Delayed Cord Clamping
  • Epidural and IV pain medication
  • Freedom of Movement
  • Intermittent Fetal Monitoring (when appropriate)
  • Immediate Skin to Skin after birth
  • Labor Tubs for Pain Management in every room
  • Laceration Repair
  • Level III NICU on-site
  • Natural Pain Relief Measures
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Saline Lock IV
  • Telemetry Fetal Monitors
  • Treatment of GBS (when indicated)

Postpartum Care

  • 24-hour Discharge (when possible)
  • Birth Control Counseling and Prescribing
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Follow-up in our office
  • Individualized Education
  • Postpartum Depression Screening and Treatment

Gynecology

  • Adolescent Care
  • Annual Exams
  • Birth Control Counseling and Prescribing
  • Breast Health Exams
  • Cervical Cancer Screening (HPV)
  • DEXA scan
  • Evaluation & Treatment of Common Gynecologic Issues
  • Family Planning
  • Gardasil Vaccine
  • Gynecologic Infection Screening and Treatment
  • Heredity Cancer Screening
  • IUD and Nexplanon Insertion
  • Laboratory Screening
  • Mammogram
  • Menstrual Cycle Evaluation & Treatment
  • Pap smear
  • Preconception Counseling
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening and Treatment