Provider of the Month: Gaither Smith


 

Gaither Smith, MSN, CNM

 

I am very excited to be joining an incredible group of doctors at Capital Women's Care of Arlington as the group's first Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). Certified Nurse-Midwives are advanced practice nurses who provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. They also provide annual well-woman checkups, contraception, menopausal care and treatment for common infections and health problems. I completed my nursing and nurse-midwifery training at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (Nashville, TN) and graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing in December 2015. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kenyon College (Gambier, OH). 

Since graduating from Vanderbilt in December 2015, I've split my time between Denver, CO, where I have worked full-time as a CNM at a birth center, Baby+Company, and Steamboat Springs, CO where I worked in labor and delivery at UCHealth hospital. I am passionate about providing women and their families with empowering, safe, evidence-based care at all stages of their life. My partner Eric and I are looking forward to moving to Northern Virginia from Colorado in April to be closer to family and to enjoy all that the DC Metro area has to offer. In my free time, I love spending time outside and being active especially running, hiking, yoga, and swimming. I also love cooking, reading, and exploring new places whenever we can find time to travel. I very much look forward to meeting you soon!

What is a Midwife, Anyway? Understanding Modern Midwifery

Most midwives in the United States are health care providers who offer services to women of all ages and stages of life. With their advanced education and their focus on partnering with women, they are among the most modern, forward-thinking health providers in the United States today.

The midwifery approach to health care has never been more important. Today’s woman expects the best care. She expects her provider to understand and value her individual needs. She wants a provider who will partner with her to make health decisions.

Midwives focus on what is most important to each woman’s unique situation and values and often work with other members of the health care team. It’s time to think about whether a midwife might be the right choice for you.

Midwifery Practice

When considering a health care provider who will best meet your needs, keep in mind that many midwives focus not only on maternity care, but also on the full range of health needs throughout life. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) provide care from  adolescence through menopause, plus all the important health events in between, such as:

  • Annual gynecologic exams
  • Family planning needs, including IUD and Nexplanon Insertion and Removal
  • Treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Care during adolescent years
  • Care for pregnancy, labor, and birth
  • Menopause care

CNMs are independent health care providers. They also work with other members of the health care team, such as physicians and nurses, to provide the highest quality care. They work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, medical offices, clinics, birth centers, and homes. They provide general health care services, gynecology care, and family planning, as well as maternity care (before, during, and after childbirth). They are covered by most insurances.

At Capital Women’s Care of Arlington, Gaither Smith, certified nurse-midwife, collaborates with five female OB-Gyn physicians to provide personalized full-scope women’s health care in the office as well as coverage of labor and delivery at Virginia Hospital Center. Call to make an appointment today!

Source: http://ourmomentoftruth.com/your-health/what-is-a-midwife/

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