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Nurse-midwifery

Nurse-midwifery

Augusta University Health is proud to offer patients the choice to have their maternity care provided by certified nurse-midwives. Not only do our midwives offer pregnancy and childbirth services within the hospital, they provide a broad spectrum of other services to patients from puberty to post-menopause.

Nurse-midwifery

Augusta University Health is proud to offer patients the choice to have their maternity care provided by certified nurse-midwives. Not only do our midwives offer pregnancy and childbirth services within the hospital, they provide a broad spectrum of other services to patients from puberty to post-menopause.

Our Approach

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are educated in two disciplines - Nursing and Midwifery - and are licensed as Advanced Practice Nurses in the state of Georgia. Our CNMs work collaboratively alongside our AU Health physicians in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN).

A nurse-midwife is your partner. Their approach to pregnancy emphasizes that childbirth is natural and nothing to be afraid of.  They inform and educate you on what to expect while going through pregnancy and help you to create a birthing plan that is right for you and your family. Every attempt is made to abide by your decisions about the birthing experience, as long as the health and safety of both you and your baby are preserved.

Midwives offer a unique sense of compassion and mutual respect for the birthing process. AU Health's midwives not only practice this philosophy, they are also trained and certified to perform their duties safely as the only certified nurse-midwives in the area. They also have the support of a team of highly trained medical staff, including:

  • Obstetricians (OB)
  • Maternal-fetal Medicine Specialists
  • Neonatologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Nurse anesthetists

Who can be cared for by a certified nurse-midwife?

Patients typically choose a nurse-midwife if they are generally in good health, at lower-risk for major problems, and are having a normal pregnancy. We will do a medical history and exam to find out what your pregnancy risk is to determine the best care plan for you.

What about complications during pregnancy, labor or delivery?

If at any point during your pregnancy, labor or delivery, a situation arises where you become high-risk, or emergency surgery becomes necessary, nurse-midwives know when to act and get an obstetrician involved. If this happens in the delivery room, CNMs will stay by your side to help you and provide you with the support you need.

Certified nurse-midwives provide the same pregnancy care as OB/GYNs, including:

  • Monitoring your health and the health of your baby
  • Helping you choose a childbirth method
  • Educating families about mother and infant care and preparing for parenthood
  • Medication prescriptions
  • Consulting and collaborating with other doctors, as needed
  • Providing epidurals for pain management during labor
  • Delivery and postpartum care

Did you Know

Certified Nurse Midwives also provide a full range of other healthcare services, including: 

  • Annual GYN exams
  • Well-woman checkups
  • Contraception and family planning
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Preconception counseling
  • Treating uncomplicated gynecologic problems
  • STD screening and treatment
  • Menopause management

So, should you choose a CNM or an OB/GYN? This is a very personal question, one that should be discussed with your partner, family, friends and primary care provider.

It's important to be educated and weigh all your options when it comes to the kind of birth you want to have. Ultimately, the final decision is up to you, and you should choose whichever you feel most comfortable with.

Our Midwives

  • Gabrielle Helfgott, DNP, MSN, NCMP, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Menopause Specialist
  • Elisa Jenks, MSN, CNM, Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Linda Randolph, MSN, CNM, Certified Nurse-Midwife
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

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