Choosing an OB/GYN or midwife

Finding the right obstetric practitioner to help care for you during your pregnancy, labor and delivery is an important decision. While an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) is the most common caregiver, choosing a midwife for care is growing in popularity. Norton Healthcare has a midwifery practice as part of our commitment to meet the unique needs of all moms-to-be.

Planning ahead and knowing what options are available is key to making an informed decision. Learn more about OB/GYNs and midwives to determine what choice is right for you.


An OB/GYN is a medical doctor who specializes in pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. Norton Healthcare OB/GYNs deliver more babies in Louisville and Southern Indiana than any other provider. Our expertise and personalized care are just two reasons so many parents choose to deliver at Norton Healthcare.

Women who choose an OB/GYN typically have an appointment every four weeks in the first trimester, and as the pregnancy advances, weekly visits begin until delivery day.

These specialists are trained to deal with the entire range of pregnancies, from uncomplicated, low-risk deliveries to many kinds of high-risk deliveries.


Norton Healthcare’s midwifery practice includes one certified nurse midwife (CNM) who provides comprehensive, family-centered maternity care from the first prenatal visit through labor and delivery, and after the birth of your baby.

Midwives are a good fit for low-risk pregnancies, though they also can assist or refer patients to OB/GYNs for high-risk care.

Despite the holistic approach of midwives, it’s a common misconception that they only oversee natural births. Patients of midwives can choose pain-management options including epidural or nitrous oxide.

Women’s Health – 4GYN

Dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke symptoms and what to do

We are seeing record high temperatures in Greater Louisville already this spring. These early hot days mean you can get caught off guard by heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat [...]

Read Full Story

Veterans can get urgent care with Norton Healthcare under VA Mission Act

Under the VA Mission Act of 2018, eligible U.S. veterans now are able to get treatment for minor injuries and illnesses such as colds, sore throats and minor skin infections at urgent care clinics through […]

Read Full Story

Patient navigator Karen Allen educates patients and learns from them too

Karen Allen, R.N., oncology patient navigator for Norton Cancer Institute, sees the patient navigator role as a “bridge across the canyon of uncertainty” for patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer. “I imagine my family […]

Read Full Story

That fabulous handbag may be causing pain and damage to your body

You have a thing for bags. The bigger the better, right? Sure, a big, fabulous bag might be able to hold everything you want to carry with you, but all that extra baggage is doing […]

Read Full Story

Easy fish tacos recipe

Be ready to impress with this delicious, easy recipe. Want to make it even easier? Buy pre-seasoned or battered frozen fish and just heat in the oven or air fryer.  Enjoy! Easy fish tacos 1 […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.

Schedule an Appointment

Select an appointment date and time from available spots listed below.