Midwives are trained professionals who offer individualized care for women throughout the stages of their pregnancy. The midwives at Westover Hills do not participate in home births. But they do see you for routine exams, make recommendations for your diet, lab work as required, and otherwise manage all aspects of all your medical and emotional care during pregnancy.
Midwifery follows a woman-centered approach to maternity. Midwives work alongside physicians and other health care professionals to ensure your pregnancy is a successful and rewarding experience. It’s estimated that midwives attend approximately 70% of births in industrialized countries across the globe. While midwife-assisted births are much lower in the United States, this collaborative model of health care continues to gain popularity.
A midwife focuses on developing a close relationship with you. They give you prenatal care, as well as educate you about what to expect during pregnancy and delivery and how to care for your newborn. Midwives care for your physical health and the well-being of your baby, but also attend to the emotions that may come with becoming a parent.
This holistic approach to obstetrical care may help reduce the frequency of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. It also provides a welcome alternative for women who prefer a more natural approach to pregnancy than that offered by the sometimes sterile approach of Western medicine. One of the core beliefs of the midwife is that pregnancy, labor, and delivery are normal parts of life, rather than a temporary condition requiring clinical care.
While the midwife philosophy prefers a natural approach to pregnancy and birth, it by no means excludes the value and importance of medical technology and a physician’s skill. Dr. Al-Hakeem is a highly respected obstetrician who has experience with both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies.
Every patient under a midwife’s care at Westover Hills Women’s Health has access to Dr. Al-Hakeem’s expertise. You can also expect to undergo screening lab work that tracks important aspects of your health, such as blood sugar checks to rule out gestational diabetes.
We accept almost all insurance plans. If you have any questions about your coverage, please call our office. We are happy to help!
"Dr. Al-Hakeem is amazing. He delivered my last two daughters and did my tubal surgery. He is very professional, courteous and respectful."
"I am so blessed to have found such a great doctor after having two miscarriages. He found out what the problem was and helped me successfully deliver my two daughters!"
"Dr. Al-Hakeem is very professional, honest, calm and treats every patient as a family member. We will go to him for sure if we decided on having a third baby."
"Dr. Al-Hakeem exceeded our expectations. He truly knows what he is doing and his office staff is very welcoming. You feel the positive energy in the office."
"Best doctor and staff. They make you feel so comfortable and you can talk to them about anything! Highly recommend them!"
"Words can't explain how amazing this group has been throughout my pregnancy, during and after my delivery... and Diana is the best midwife that you can ever meet."
"He is very professional, attentive to your needs and very compassionate about his patients. I would definitely recommend them for pregnancy or gynecological needs."
"Always makes you feel at ease and always giving the best care. I would definitely recommend him to everyone. He is by far the best OB/GYN."
"We really appreciate the extraordinary treatment and care he provided for our family. Highly recommend him to anyone looking for a fantastic labor and delivery doctor."
"Dr. Al-Hakeem is amazing, he delivered both of my kids. Also, the midwives are amazing, they all take the time to answer any questions you have. Definitely recommend."
"I knew this office was perfect from the front office staff and their warm welcomes to the genuine beside manner of Dr. Al-Hakeem and his Midwife Diana..."