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Midwifery

Midwives are professionals who aid in the processes of labor, delivery and postpartum care. Midwifery minimizes the level of medical intervention during pregnancy and delivery. Midwives can be present during a hospital delivery.

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Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) in Reston, Virginia

Maternity care tailored to your needs.

At Reston Hospital Center, we understand you want a memorable birth experience. Our midwives work to meet your wishes by offering you holistic care, including advice on less-intrusive birthing choices, alternative labor positions and postpartum support.

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Our midwifery services

The primary focus of our CNMs is to provide individualized maternity care so you can focus on your birth plan.

What is a midwife?

Our midwives are typically registered nurses or nurse practitioners with advanced training or master's training in female reproductive health and childbirth. As nurses, midwives may offer prenatal care, childbirth services and post-delivery care, all with the goal of using low-intervention and natural techniques. A midwife may also provide routine well-woman care outside of pregnancy.

Midwifery is a vital component of our maternity services, and our team is committed to providing exceptional women's care. As a result, our maternity department has earned Healthgrades' Excellence Award.

CNMs also offer education and support during your pregnancy to help prepare you for the hard work of labor and delivery. This includes guidance on contractions, laboring at home and knowing when to come to the hospital. As much as possible, we align our care to your delivery plan to give you a memorable experience.

Midwifery services

Our midwives help facilitate your experience through:

  • Alternative labor and birthing positions
  • Aromatherapy
  • Delayed cord clamping
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Labor and delivery services
  • Lactation consultation
  • Personalized support
  • Prenatal exams
  • Skin-to-skin contact after birth
  • Wireless monitoring

Our midwives can also prescribe a full spectrum of treatments and medications, including pain management. In addition, an obstetrician or maternal-fetal medicine specialist will be available if your delivery faces difficulties.

Also, should your baby need additional support after birth, we will care for them in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Here, our doctors and nurses are highly trained to provide gentle, expert care to our tiniest patients.

Childbirth classes

Learn how to prepare for your delivery and care for your newborn.

Maternity and childbirth classes

Our hospital offers a number of virtual courses for your needs, whether it's you're first-time or seasoned parents. Our courses range from tours of our maternity area to newborn care to breastfeeding.


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