A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is an advanced practice nurse who has graduated from an accredited nurse-midwifery education program and passed a national certification exam. They provide health care services to women of all ages.
Nurse midwives work in partnership with women, providing support, care and advice throughout pregnancy, labor, and the post-partum period. They also provide annual well woman care, educate and provide contraception counseling. Nurse midwives can advise on preventative care, promote natural birth and monitor the health of the mother and child. Should the need arise, nurse midwives collaborate with obstetricians to assure the best and safest course of care for mom and baby. Some women visit with a nurse midwife when they are planning to become pregnant for advice and support on optimizing their health so they are able to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Many women prefer the natural approach to birth promoted by nurse midwives. Women benefit from more personalized attention and opportunity to build a relationship with a nurse midwife, which not only provides the mother-to-be with peace of mind but also ensures that a healthcare provider is intimately aware of the mother’s health and pregnancy and will notice any changes or issues. According to the American College of Nurse Midwives the benefits to receiving midwifery care include:
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