Have you ever thought about using a midwife during your pregnancy? We’re very excited to share that we’ve recently expanded our OBGyn services to include Midwifery.
Our Board Certified Nurse Midwife, Janine Hammond, brings with her 15 years of experience as a labor and delivery nurse, plus an immense passion for the birthing experience.
I became a nurse after the birth of my first 3 children. I was always drawn to OB, and in particular childbirth because I attended my first homebirth when I was just 8 years old…I’m so truly blessed to join the practice here at My OBGyne, and am excited to serve the women in my community in their healthcare and childbearing needs. – Janine Hammond, Board Certified Nurse Midwife
Here Janine shares her experiences and the services she provides as MyOBGyne’s Midwife
Do you work in tandem with an OB in any way?
Yes, if a patient develops anything during pregnancy that makes her higher risk, I collaborate with the OB and/or a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist to coordinate the best possible care and outcome for mom and baby.
I can usually remain the patient’s primary care provider while the other doctors provide guidance and recommendations. In addition, if any complications arise during the birth process, the OB’s are always available if needed.
What’s your role during prenatal care, delivery, and postpartum care? How is it different than an OB?
I believe my role is to partner with families, provide guidance and education throughout the prenatal, delivery and postpartum periods. I believe the main difference is time. All of my appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes so that we have plenty of time to get to know one another and build a relationship so when the big day comes, we have a deep level of trust.
I spend more time with my patients during labor providing labor support, coaching, and guidance through the birth experience. I also like to see my patients at 2 and 6 weeks postpartum, to review how patients are feeling about their birth experience, provide breastfeeding support, and assess for postpartum depression.
Do you ever assist in births outside of a hospital? Home births, birthing centers, etc?
I do not attend births outside the hospital, but I am so glad that other midwives do so that women have choices in their birth experiences!
Did you use a midwife for any of your pregnancies?
Oh goodness, I had my babies a long time ago, and midwives were not an option where I lived. I totally would have, if one had been available!
What is your favorite part about your job as a midwife?
I love having the privilege of walking alongside women during the birth of their family – it’s incredible. Empowering women in their healthcare choices is amazing. I’ve done many well-woman exams where women were terrified, and when we get done they say “That was so easy!” Women’s healthcare should not be scary, or painful!
Do you have any incredible patient stories you could share?
Oh wow, so many! I just saw a mom for her first postpartum visit after having her first baby. She was still glowing and raving about her birth experience and how amazing it was. Dad helped catch their son, and her mom was still talking about what an incredible, peaceful birth it had been. I am just so privileged and honored to have been a part of their special day.
What do you enjoy about working with the My OBGyne team?
I love how we are our own little family and that we take care of each other and support one another.
Tell us more about the homebirth you attended at the age of 8?!
The first homebirth I attended was one of my mom’s really good friends. She used a midwife and it was an amazing experience. Then about 6 weeks later, my mom gave birth at home, again with a midwife, and I was there for her birth, too. I was the first one to hold my baby sister after she was born! It was really special.
What is something you’ve discovered since becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife that surprised you?
It surprised me just how connected I have become with my patients. I love getting to know them and sharing in this incredible journey with them as well.
What are some words of advice/wisdom you like to share with first time moms?
I tell my moms to let their newborns wear the hospital t-shirt and blankets. With the exception of their photo/going home outfit, they should let the hospital do the laundry! I know they’ve waited forever to dress their little ones in the cutest outfits, but you don’t need to go home with a pile of laundry to do.
What is the most common question you get asked by patients?
The most common question they ask is if it’s ok if they get an epidural. The answer to that is always YES! I’m not here to tell anyone how to birth, I’m here to support their birth experience in a way that works for them.
What are the most common misconceptions about midwifery?
There are a couple of misconceptions that I hear often.
- #1 is that I deliver babies at home. I actually catch babies in the hospital!
- #2 is that if you see a midwife, you are going to have an unmedicated birth. I support moms however they want to birth, whether unmedicated or with an epidural.
We’re so thrilled to have someone as compassionate and qualified as Janine Hammond. If you decide to utilize our midwifery services, you and your baby will be extremely well cared for.