Dr. Corey Forester (from left); Becky Johnson, certified nurse midwife; and Dr. Matthew Price, pose for a picture at their practice in April. The midwifery services are now available in Marshall and Calloway counties.
Traditional in its approach to childbirth, new midwifery services will give expectant mothers in Marshall and Calloway counties more options when considering their birthing plan.
Joining services with Murray-based OB/GYN Matthew Price, certified nurse midwife Becky Johnson announced a partnership that will extend the services to the area.
Although considered an alternative to modern childbirth options, midwifery offers a medically certified care plan for pregnancy and birth with methods that date back decades. A midwife works with expectant mothers to create a personalized plan.
Popular in the west and central parts of the country — as well as many European countries — midwifery originated in Kentucky, Johnson stated in a news release from Murray-Calloway County Hospital.
“We see childbirth and pregnancy as a normal physiological process, and don’t want women to see it as a ‘procedure’ but more of an ‘experience,’” she said. “I work with the mother to create a plan based on her and her family’s wants and needs. Some people think a midwife automatically means all-natural births ... I absolutely believe in epidurals, inducing labor, etc., but I also am open to the alternatives.”
Johnson sees herself as a lifeguard of sorts, there to oversee the natural process of childbirth but always keeping an eye on safety and ready to step in when needed. Johnson said she always collaborates with an OB/GYN during high-risk pregnancies.
“She’s an extended version of what we’re doing,” Price said. “Both myself and Dr. Corey Forester worked with midwives during our residencies, so we know and appreciate the unique care they provide and bring to our practice.”
According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, there are nearly 13,000 CNMs and certified midwives practicing across the nation. In 2010, they attended more than 312,000 births, 95.7 percent of which occurred in a hospital setting, 2.2 percent in freestanding birth centers and 2 percent at home.
For more information about midwife services offered at MCCH, call the marketing department at 800-342-6224.