What is a Midwife?
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) are registered nurses, many of whom have previous nursing experience in labor and delivery, who have pursued advanced nursing education in nurse-midwifery and obtained either a master’s or doctorate degree. These providers then pass a national certification exam and have a license to practice midwifery in their state. They care for low risk women during pregnancy and childbirth and are advocates for minimizing intervention during this normal process. These midwives are also skilled at recognizing complications that may arise during pregnancy and have a relationship with a physician to co-manage women needing more specialized care.
The word midwife means “with women” and midwives provide care to women across the lifespan. In addition to providing care during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, CNMs care for women throughout the lifespan from adolescence through menopause. These services include gynecologic care, annual exams (including breast and PAP screening) and family planning. Whether you are a woman who is pregnant or someone who is interested in birth control options, a CNM is a skilled healthcare provider and can be a valuable resource for women’s health needs.