What Can a Midwife Do For Me?
What Can a CNM Offer You?
Midwifery is a health care profession where providers give prenatal care to expecting mothers, attend the birth of the infant, and provide postpartum care to the mother and her infant. Midwives are autonomous practitioners who specialize in normal pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and gynecological care of relatively healthy women. They generally strive to help women have a healthy pregnancy and natural birth experience. Nurse-midwives have been recognized for their contributions in reducing infant and maternal mortality, premature births, and low birth weight rates. Their skills as primary care providers are evidenced by their low rates of infant mortality, cesarean birth, episiotomy, and use of epidural anesthesia. CNM also emphasize on family centered care, using community resources and educating their patients and families.
What About Doctor Backup?
The CNM is trained to recognize deviations from normal before a problem becomes serious. If a problem is anticipated or occurs, the CNM follows protocols and consults with a OBGYN physician. Occasionally, the midwives refer to obstetricians when a woman requires care beyond their area of expertise. Often, women with high-risk pregnancies can receive the benefits of midwifery care from a nurse-midwife in collaboration with a physician. Obstetricians are specialists in illness related to pregnancy and gynecological surgery including the use of forceps, vacuum, cesarean sections, hysterectomies, D & C and other gynecological surgeries. The two professions are complementary and we feel very privileged to have Dr Eric Nielson as our backup physician.