What is a Midwife?
A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is a nurse who has received a master’s degree in midwifery, and has been trained in many aspects of comprehensive women’s health care. The word “Midwife” originates from the old English word mid “with” wife “Women”. While the profession has changed in many ways through centuries, the concept of being “with women” has remained the same. Midwives pride themselves on women-centered, individualized care for patients and their families. Midwives are specialists in the normal processes of pregnancy, birth and the post partum period. Midwives manage many common obstetric complications and work in collaboration with Obstetricians to provide safe care for women.
Midwives know how to handle many complications, and we work closely with collaborating physicians to manage any complications that may arise.
Midwives also provide pregnancy options counseling, family planning counseling and administration and insertion of contraceptive medications and devices. Midwives are trained provide routine gynecologic care for women across the lifespan. Midwives believe pregnancy and birth are normal events in the life of a woman and we strive to make this process as healthy and empowering as possible. They provide personalized, respectful care for each client. Midwives listen to women, and believe in collaborative care with each women and her family, tailoring her health care to her needs and helping her make the best decision for her and her family.