The Midwifery Difference

At a new TriHealth obstetric practice, midwives and physicians work together to offer highly personalized care with hospital deliveries.

Licensed nurse-midwife Linda Brackett has been delivering babies for more than 16 years. Women who come to her at TriHealth Women’s Services Midwife Care can expect expert, family-centered medical care—and a hug if they need one. This personal approach is the cornerstone of care at the new West Chester location where time-tested midwifery services merge with physician-led obstetric and gynecologic care.

Linda, who has a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in midwifery and is certified by the state of Ohio, works collaboratively with obstetrician-gynecologists from TriHealth Women’s Services Comprehensive OB-GYN. Together, they provide care for women before, during and after pregnancy.

Honoring birth plans

“We want women to have the best possible birthing experience, and we work hard to fulfill their personal birth plans,” says Linda. There are numerous alternatives for labor that she advocates, including birthing balls, birthing positions, massage and water therapy.

“Midwives encourage parents and their support people to participate actively in childbirth,” explains Linda. “Patients are welcome to bring music and aromatherapy—anything to create a comforting environment. We stay by each patient’s side throughout all stages of labor and delivery, helping her breathe and push through pain, and providing physical and emotional support.”

For Linda, the birth experience is sweeter the second, third or fourth time around—when expectant mothers return to her pregnant with another child. “Seeing families grow and knowing I am part of the experience is overwhelming,” she says.

To learn more about TriHealth Women’s Services Midwife Care, call 513-853-7400.

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