Midwifery Care

Nurse Midwifery care offers a more individualized method of care both in pregnancy and with gynecological concerns.
We are the only practice in north Alabama that offers Nurse Midwifery care at both Crestwood Medical Center and Huntsville Hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions about Midwifery Care

What is a Nurse Midwife?

Nurse midwives are care providers who can offer care for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, well care, and other gynecological concerns. In addition to assisting women through childbirth, a certified nurse-midwife offers holistic care to women at many different stages of life. They conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat medical conditions, and may even write prescriptions for certain conditions. Nurse-midwives also advise and counsel pregnant people.

Why should I choose a Nurse Midwife for my care?

Choosing a midwife can help you put your well-being at the forefront, as well as increase your chances of having a more personal, natural birth experience. If you are seeking wellness or gynecological support, midwives provide a more personal experience and are able to provide the full range of options while also being available for more time and attention for you to address any concerns or needs.

If I choose a nurse midwife for my birth, do I have to have a natural birth?

Nurse midwives are highly skilled in supporting natural unmedicated labor, however they have a full skillset of being able to support many different ways of birth. Whether you'd like a natural birth or would prefer to have an epidural, use other pharmacological pain relief options, or have an elective induction, midwives are an excellent choice for having personalized care and support during your birth.

Can I have a water birth with a Nurse Midwife?

Our Nurse Midwives deliver at the hospital and there are currently no hospitals in Alabama that support water birth.

We are able to provide support for water labor in a birthing tub at Crestwood Medical Center. Birthing people who desire water labor must hire a doula to provide tub rental.
We also are happy to support hydrotherapy pain relief at both Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood with the option of laboring in the shower.