What is Midwifery?
Midwifery as practiced by Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), are trained professionals with a Masters degree or higher in two disciplines of midwifery and nursing. The midwifery model of care focuses on supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies, have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their needs through education and evidence-based practice.
CNMs encompass a full range of health care services for women from adolescence beyond menopause. These services include:
- Birth control
- Preconception counseling
- Prenatal care
- Delivery/labor support
- Postpartum care
- Breastfeeding support
Midwives provide initial and ongoing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Midwifery care also includes health promotion, disease prevention, and individualized wellness education and counseling.
The continuous presence of a midwife during labor can reduce:
- The length of labor
- The need for pain medication
- The likelihood of forceps or other operative devices during delivery
- The possibility of cesarean delivery
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