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October 23, 2015 | Happenings, Health Advice, Patient Stories

Choices, Choices, and More Choices

When it comes to childbirth and women’s health, having options is a wonderful thing. At Hudson Physicians you can see a family doctor, OB-GYN or a midwife.

Each offers a variety of services for mother-to-be and baby, and choosing between them comes down to personal preference and goals.

Let’s dissect each of your options to help you make a more informed decision based on your needs.

Family Medicine with OB (FM OB)

Family Medicine with OB is a provider who practices both Family Medicine and Obstetrics. The key benefit of FM OBs is that these providers take care of the whole family. There’s also a level of convenience to consider. For example, while you’re in for your postpartum visit, your new baby can get his/her two-month well-child checkup at the same time.

Our FM OB providers take care of moms before they become pregnant, during the pregnancy and throughout their lives. They care for extended families and multi-generations, giving them a well-rounded perspective on health issues over time. Dr. Kari Smith shares “Here at Hudson Physicians the FM OB team can take care of all your family members. I love being able to continue to care for babies after they are born.”

OB-GYN

Obstetricians and Gynecologists are physicians who specialize in women’s health. Through education and training, they possess expert knowledge, skills, and ability to specifically treat women, including medical and surgical care related to pregnancy and disorders of the female reproductive system. This year Hudson Physicians created a Women’s Health department on the second floor of the clinic. This new center provides women personalized and comprehensive care. Dr. Alyssa Lynch says, “The Women’s Health area really allows us to focus our care on women. My goal is to provide individualized and compassionate care throughout all stages of a woman’s life, including pregnancy.”

Midwives

Midwifery is an empowering model of maternity focused on a woman’s individualized needs. Midwives deliver flexible care throughout pregnancy that is specifically suited to the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and cultural needs of each mother-to-be. At Hudson Physicians, our midwives are certified and have nursing degrees, along with additional training in midwifery. We’ve been nationally recognized for our breastfeeding outcomes.

Certified Nurse Midwife Elizabeth Barry-Jensen appreciates connecting personally with each mother-to-be. She says, “The midwifery service at Hudson Physicians is unique because we are a small group of two. Ann and I are able to build strong relationships with our patients which allows us to deliver the kind of labor and birth experience according to each mother’s wants.”

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What we all have in common

All of the providers at Hudson Physicians strive to build relationships with our patients before, during, and after pregnancy. We work together to ensure that all your needs are met no matter whom is delivering care. We want you to feel comfortable and supported. That’s why we take the time to listen to and address your needs and concerns. We all want the very best for you, your baby and your family.