Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life, and Northwest Healthcare is dedicated to providing expectant mothers and newborns with specialized care. Our maternity services are provided by obstetricians, midwives, nurses, lactation consultants and other caring professionals in a welcoming, comfortable environment.
You'll find a spectrum of care from prenatal to post-partum, including high-risk pregnancy care and advanced labor and delivery services. Our care extends beyond delivery, with a range of educational resources for new parents.
At Northwest Healthcare you'll find:
- A family-centered care model
- Level IIE Special Care Nursery (caring for babies 28 weeks and above at NMC, and Special Care Nursery (caring for babies 32 weeks and above) at NMC-Houghton
- 24/7 in-house anesthesia service
- Neonatalologist provider coverage
- All private mother/baby rooms
- Couplet care (that allows your newborn to stay in the same room with you)
- Outpatient obstetrical assessment and treatment unit
- Dedicated surgical suites for obstetrical procedures
- Certified lactation consultants
- Free wireless internet access
- Breast pump rental and support program (Northwest Medical Center Only)
Northwest Healthcare is newly renovated, designed with your comfort in mind. Our spacious Labor & Delivery suites have adjustable thermostats, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and a comfortable pull out couch for your support person. We offer a variety of birthing balls and other aids, and some of our rooms have bath tubs to use during the early stages of labor.
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Special Care Nursery
For those babies who arrive earlier than planned and need special care, Northwest Women's Center offers a 17-bed, Level IIE special care nursery (SCN) to provide those little ones (28 weeks and above) with the specialized care they require. Northwest Medical Center Houghton has an 8-bed special care nursery caring for babies 32 weeks and above. The SCN is quiet place with round-the-clock care by specially trained pediatric nurses. Our special care nursery has special beds and unique lighting that changes by time of day to mimic natural light rhythms. This may help babies adjust to the regular day/night routine. Parents may visit their babies in the SCN regularly. Rocking chairs are positioned next to every bed so parents may spend time with their baby.
Northwest Healthcare has a team of lactation consultants that are trained to help enhance your breastfeeding experience. You will have access to our certified consultants to discuss your concerns, observe you and your baby during feeding, and offer guidance on how to get the most out of breastfeeding.
After you go home, our support continues with a weekly breastfeeding support group, led by nurses and lactation consultants. In addition to our trained staff, you'll also engage with other moms, who can help share their experiences.
Whether you're a first time parent or just need a refresher, The Women's Center offers parent and family education classes to help you prepare for pregnancy, birth and beyond. We want to help you gain the confidence and knowledge you need to have a positive and memorable experience before and after the birth of your baby.
A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is a specific kind of advanced practice nurse that specializes in women's healthcare services. CNMs are licensed, independent health care providers with prescriptive authority in all 50 states. CNMs focus on participating as partners in a woman's care and generally take a low-intervention, holistic approach to healthcare. Midwifery as practiced by CNMs encompasses a range of primary health care services for women from adolescence beyond menopause. These services include primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, and care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. At this time, midwifery is available at Northwest Women's Center only.
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It takes a special doctor to treat women's health issues, and the gynecologists practicing at Northwest Healthcare have earned a reputation for sensitivity, knowledge and compassion.
Our Gynecologic Services Include:
- Routine annual exams (PAP test, breast exam, cervical exam)
- Evaluation and treatment of abnormal PAP tests
- Adolescent gynecology
- Birth control counseling
- Menopause management
- Management of abnormal vaginal bleeding and post-menopausal bleeding
- Diagnosis and management of polycystic ovarian/metabolic syndrome
For many women, the symptoms that come along with the menstrual cycle can be nonexistent or bearable, but for others, they can become excruciating or life-disrupting. Many side effects are normal, depending on severity, and can include mood swings, muscle cramps, bloating, aching and nausea. However, when some of those symptoms seem to be out of the normal, it could be time to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.
Abnormal bleeding could be more spotting than normal in between cycles or longer or heavier periods than normal. It is more common in younger or pre-menopausal women. If you're suffering from painful or irregular periods, it could point to more serious conditions. There is a chance you just suffer from more symptomatic periods than other women, but it can also indicate endometriosis, PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome), ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids.
Endometriosis could be behind painful periods if it's coupled with additional symptoms, such as constant or chronic pelvic pain, struggles with infertility, ovarian cysts or painful intercourse. If you have more than one of these symptoms, contact your gynecologist. The doctor can perform a laparoscopy (a minimally invasive surgery) and a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
Irregular periods can point to a condition such as PCOS. There could be more bleeding in between cycles, a shorter menstrual cycle or even periods becoming less frequent or stopping altogether. Other symptoms can include unusual hair growth or thinning, skin tags, acne and weight gain. It can also cause issues with pregnancy. PCOS can be diagnosed by blood tests, a pelvic exam or an ultrasound.
Painful periods and abnormal bleeding can be symptoms of uterine fibroids. Fibroids are benign tumors that can often present no symptoms, but in addition to difficult periods, could cause a full or bloated sensation in the abdomen, fertility issues and frequent urination. Fibroids can be diagnosed during a standard pap smear and well-woman gynecological exam.
Abnormal periods can also indicate pre-menopause. This transition can begin for women in their thirties or forties. Perimenopause (the time around menopause) is when hormones are changing and the body is adjusting. Symptoms can include hot flashes, mood changes, bladder issues and difficulty sleeping. Once you've gone through a full year without a regular period, the body has fully crossed over into menopause.
See a medical provider if you notice any major changes to your period symptoms or are having irregular pain or bleeding. Mention any concerns about health issues you may have during your yearly gynecologic exam.
Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery
Many gynecological surgeries can now be performed using minimally invasive techniques. Robot-assisted procedures can result in less scarring, less pain and a quicker recovery time than traditional "open" procedures.
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Many conditions and disorders can weaken or damage a woman's pelvic floor. The
pelvic floor is a complex system made up of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue
that supports the vagina, uterus, bladder, large intestine and rectum.
Conditions like constipation, reduced libido, pain during sex and urinary leakage when
sneezing or laughing are all related to the pelvic floor. Some causes of these conditions
are childbirth, obesity, menopause, physical strain and previous surgeries - such as
vaginal prolapse after a hysterectomy.
Before 2011, women across the nation visited several specialists to diagnose and treat
their pelvic-related conditions. However, women can get the care they need from one
provider trained in pelvic health and reconstructive surgery in addition to obstetrics and
gynecology. Our specially-trained urogynecologists can diagnose, treat and provide life-
changing surgeries for women living with pelvic floor disorders that cause discomfort or
affect their daily lives.
These disorders may include tearing or weakness after having a baby, frequent
urination or UTIs, feeling unable to fully empty your bladder, bladder pressure and pain,
vaginal bulge and bladder or fecal incontinence.
Pelvic dysfunction is not something you "just have to live with" now, nor is it something
to be embarrassed about. We partner with you with the utmost sensitivity to relieve your
pain and help restore your quality of life to what it was before your condition developed.
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