Inova Loudoun Hospital expands midwifery services to meet increasing interest

Melanie & Juliette
Melanie Scoggins and her baby, Juliette, who was delivered at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Not long ago, many Americans saw midwifery care as a birthing choice that did not adhere to the standards of traditional medicine. Things have certainly changed. Today, breakout studies and growing physician support speak to the benefits of a midwife-attended delivery for healthy women at low risk for birthing complications. The result: Midwives are in demand and there is an increased interest in a natural birth experience. 

To meet these needs, Inova Loudoun Hospital (ILH) built the region’s only hospital-based natural birth center and continues to expand its midwifery program. Moms-to-be delivering at the Inova Loudoun Ladies Board Birthing Inn or the Natural Birth Center at ILH have the option of working with a certified nurse midwife (CNM) — a registered nurse with undergraduate and advanced degrees in nursing and midwifery from an accredited nurse-midwifery education program. 

Additionally, ILH staffs a team of OB/GYN and CNM hospitalists who are on-site 24/7 and available to attend births at The Birthing Inn for patients without an assigned physician. They also care for patients at the Inova OB/GYN Clinic at ILH, which provides obstetric and gynecological care to women who are uninsured, have limited resources and/or are on Medicaid.

“In the past, many women couldn’t have a midwife without leaving their Inova physician group or OB/GYN, which they didn’t want to do. By expanding our midwifery program in our birthing sites, these patients can now stay within the system and have continuity of care,” explains Monica Freidline, RN, NP, CNM, Midwifery Director of the Natural Birth Center at ILH.

“Many women also told us that they want a midwife, but they also want a physician nearby — just in case of an emergency,” Freidline says.

Melanie Scoggins, Leesburg resident and mother of three, learned firsthand how ILH delivers the best of all worlds. “After my water broke, I met my midwife at Inova’s Natural Birth Center, but it was immediately determined that I needed an emergency C-section. Because the center is within the hospital, it only took 2 minutes and 30 seconds to get me into an operating room. Inova saved my daughter’s life.”

Birthing Options

Learn about the midwifery program and childbirth services at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

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