What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)?
Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who have graduated from
a nurse-midwifery education program which has been accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives
(ACNM) Division of Accreditation (DOA) and have passed a national
certification examination to receive the professional designation of
certified nurse-midwife. The certified nurse-midwife is then eligible
to apply for licensure and meet the requirements of the state in which
she wishes to practice midwifery. Nurse-midwives have been practicing in
the U.S. since the 1920s.
provide personalized care, focusing on education so you can take a more
active role in maintaining a healthy pregnancy. They attend women during
labor and birth and are trained and experienced in prenatal, postpartum
and normal newborn care. In addition to maternity care, midwives
provide primary health care to women including gynecological care,
breast examinations, Pap smears, family planning and provide hormone
replacement therapy for menopausal women. Midwives provide care that
meets the unique physical, spiritual and social needs of women.
Where do midwives practice?
Midwives practice in many settings, including home, birth center and
hospital. At our practice we assist women to give birth in a
hospital LDR where you labor, deliver and recover in the same room and
then are transferred to your private postpartum room with 24 hour
Who do midwives care for?
Midwives provide primary health care to women of all ages, from
puberty, through menopause and beyond.
Will my insurance pay for midwifery care?
Yes, most insurance companies reimburse nurse-midwives. In our practice we accept most insurances, Medicaid and Medicare
and self pay.
Will I be able to avoid interventions?
In our practice we support your choices for labor and birth and
provide low tech care with the options to wear your own clothing,
labor and give birth in any position, labor in the shower, have light
intake of food and drink fluids while there is normal labor
progression. IVs and continuous monitoring are not routine in our
practice can be avoided if desired, unless deemed medically
What if I have a problem?
Midwives usually take of women who are healthy, but are trained to
recognize any change from normal. They work in collaboration with a
physician should problems develop. In our practice we are part of the
Dept of Ob/Gyn and have good working relationship with the physicians
who are available for consultation 24 hours a day. We are able to
manage with the physician women who develop problems.
Who can be with me at my birth?
Women may have two support persons of their choice. In addition if they
choose they may have a Doula. Children two years old or more may attend the
birth, but will need to have advance preparation and be supervised by a
second adult support person
Will my baby be separated from me at any time?
routine usually necessitate separation
of mom and baby for a short time while baby is assessed and bathed by
the nursery staff. Women wanting total non separation from their
babies, from birth till discharge, have that option in our practice and
Baby's Bonus Program.
What options do I have for pain management?
In our practice we encourage and support pregnancy and birth as a
normal process and provide women with educational resources to
gain knowledge about all the options available. We support every
woman's informed choice for pain relief in labor, our only
requirement is an informed decision. All methods of pain relief are available.
How can I learn more about the midwifery practice?
You can contact us any time by e-mail, telephone or at our address listed below. We invite you come to meet the midwives provided the first Thursday of each month 7pm to
8pm for a free orientation to our practice and tour of the labor & delivery
rooms and postpartum units.
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