Certified Nurse Midwife
If you’re looking for an alternative option to an obstetrician for your prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postnatal care, a certified nurse midwife (CNM) may be the perfect choice. Women who choose CNMs generally wish to have a more natural birth with fewer medical interventions, as well as more emotional support during their pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Certified nurse midwives take a natural, woman-focused approach to pregnancy and childbirth, treating it as a normal and natural event that a woman’s body is capable of handling. CNMs are known for encouraging the body’s natural processes during labor and delivery, providing drug-free pain management techniques to women during labor, and offering exceptional pre-natal and post-natal care.
What Does a Certified Nurse Midwife Do?
In order to become a certified nurse midwife, individuals must first earn a degree in nursing and become a registered nurse. They then need to earn a graduate degree in nurse midwifery and pass a national certification exam. CNMs are far more than just labor and delivery nurses, as they are qualified to provide pre-natal and post-natal care, as well as deliver babies and deal with any unexpected circumstances that may arise for both the mom and baby. In addition to providing pregnancy and birth-related care, certified nurse midwives can oversee women’s wellness checks, help with family planning, and more.
The most significant part of a certified nurse midwife’s job, however, is to assist the mom in the birthing process and deliver the baby. She is assisted by labor and delivery nurses, and a neonatal nurse will take over care of the baby upon its birth, while the nurse midwife will remain caring for the mother. Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, nurse midwives offer education to moms-to-be, as well as a supportive and holistic approach to every step of the pregnancy and childbirth journey.
Using a certified nurse midwife during your pregnancy brings a number of benefits, both physical and emotional. Not only do women under a midwife’s care experience a lower risk of having a C-section, but they also opt for less anesthesia during labor. They are at a decreased risk of having a baby pre-term and see lower infant mortality rates than those under care by other medical providers. Nurse midwives also bring a higher likelihood of breastfeeding success, a lower likelihood of induction, and a lower cost to women.
Find a Certified Nurse Midwife near Me
A certified nurse midwife is an amazing type of provider that can offer you superb care during your pregnancy, labor and delivery, and more. NCHS has an incredible staff of nurse midwives who work closely with our other providers to give you the best care possible. We have several locations all across North County, so we are sure to have a certified nurse midwife near you. Get in touch with us today so we can begin providing you with the best healthcare to meet your needs. From all-inclusive pregnancy services to birthing classes to pregnancy nutrition and more, NCHS has everything you need for a healthy pregnancy.