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Huntington Hospital expands midwifery services

Huntington Hospital recently added two midwives and a new location where they practice.

For pregnancy and childbirth, midwives offer a more hands-on approach with fewer technological and invasive interventions. Midwife-attended births are associated with lower rates of Caesarean section, labor induction, perineal tears and the use of epidurals, as well as higher rates of breastfeeding.

Some of the healthy practices midwifery encourages during pregnancy include:

  • Eating a nutritious diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein
  • Taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid to prevent birth defects
  • Getting enough rest – at least eight hours of sleep a night
  • Drinking enough water, typically eight glasses a day – dehydration can cause the uterus to contract
  • Maintaining a healthy pregnancy weight to avoid complications such as gestational diabetes
  • Exercising as tolerated – walking, swimming and prenatal yoga are good options
  • Getting a flu vaccine
  • Considering vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
  • Attending a childbirth class
  • Not smoking or drinking alcohol

Additional midwives and a new location

Due to increasing demand, Huntington Hospital has expanded its midwifery services with the recent addition of two providers, Lindsay Price, CNM, and Jessica Hilsenroth, CNM. We have also expanded the reach of our midwifery care to Northwell Health Physician Partners Obstetrics and Gynecology at Commack.

"We're excited about adding wonderful and supportive providers to our team," says Michele Mayer, DNP, CNM, director of midwifery services. "We serve women of all ages, from adolescent girls in need of gynecologic care, to women interested in family planning or preconception health, to those needing care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. We also care for women in perimenopause and menopause."

For more information about our midwifery services, call the Huntington Hospital Women’s Health Center:
(631) 351-2415