Certified Nurse Midwife
“Midwife” means “with woman.” Listening is the hallmark of midwifery. Women feel free to express themselves in an environment that is comfortable and safe.
The midwifery philosophy emphasizes respect for women. In my work, I encourage each woman to be an active participant in her own healthcare.
A nurse-midwife celebrates the changing seasons of a woman’s life. I provide support for the teenager. I help guide families through pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. I am a resource for and a provider of family planning. I also provide care for women through menopause and beyond.
Each certified nurse-midwife (CNM) has earned at least a bachelor's degree, and more than 70 percent hold at least a master's degree. Furthermore, a CNM must graduate from a nationally accredited education program, pass a rigorous national certification exam, and be licensed to practice. Certification helps ensure that nurse-midwives provide women with a safe means for professional consultation, collaboration, and referral if needed.
Research has consistently shown equal or better outcomes for midwife attended births when compared to physician-assisted low-risk births. These studies cite significantly lower rates of interventions including artificial induction of labor, rupture of membranes, episiotomies and cesareans. If you wish to view some of these studies, go to www.midwife.org.
Choosing a nurse-midwife is an important decision. Call for a consultation visit today!