Midwifery

Midwifery Specialist
Experiencing your little one’s first few moments in life is something you’ll cherish forever. The midwifery team at Teverbaugh Croland & Mueller OB/GYN & Associates in Peoria, Illinois, is the only practice in the area that offers access to five midwives, 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Even if your new addition decides to come at the most inopportune time, rest assured, you’ll have someone you know right by your side to help bring your new baby into the world.

Midwifery Q & A

Teverbaugh Croland & Mueller OB/GYN & Associates

What can a midwife do?

A midwife is a registered nurse with many years of obstetrical experience who has gone through extensive education, training, and certification. Your midwife can be your go-to person long before you become pregnant, by helping you with infertility issues or counseling you through conception. You’ll get most of the same care and treatment options with a midwife that you’ll get with an OB/GYN. Your midwife can:

  • Conduct prenatal examinations
  • Order laboratory tests
  • Monitor your pregnancy progress
  • Help you with birthing options
  • Provide diet and nutrition guidance
  • Teach you about breastfeeding
  • Deliver your baby
  • Admit and discharge you from the hospital
  • Care for you during the post-partum period

Additionally, your dedicated midwife has direct access to an OB/GYN at the office who is also familiar with your pregnancy and birthing plans. This way, you can feel confident that you are in expert caring hands.

At Teverbaugh Croland, and Mueller we have a "Meet The Midwives" session 4 times a year. This is an opportunity for patients to meet all the midwives and ask questions. We also have a speaker on related pregnancy topics.

Why should I choose a midwife over an obstetrician?

You and your partner should weigh out all of your concerns and birthing plans before selecting the right provider for your pregnancy and delivery.

Having a midwife by your side is like having your very own pregnancy and delivery coach. She’ll provide emotional support and teach you how to care for your newborn. Many women prefer choosing midwives, simply because they want their childbirth to be natural, without the use of modern medicine.

Because your midwife specializes in labor and delivery, not only can she help you have that natural experience, she’s trained in handling many high-risk or emergency situations right alongside your obstetrician.

Are there other benefits to selecting a midwife?

Yes, according to the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). When you include a midwife as part of your pregnancy and birthing plan, you could have a decreased risk of needing a cesarean section (C-section). Our C/S rate for first-time moms is approximately 10%. You’ll be less likely to need regional anesthesia, experience fewer perineal tears, and have a lower chance of needing to be induced. Many women even report being more satisfied with their quality of care and having a more positive breastfeeding experience.

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Teverbaugh Croland & Mueller OB/GYN & Associates
2419 West Cornerstone Court
Peoria, IL 61614