What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?
A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who has completed a graduate education in Master of Science in Nursing and has passed a national certification exam. A CNM specializes in midwifery, including obstetrics and women’s health.
- Midwives are educated under the nursing model of care which emphasizes a holistic approach to primary health care of women.
- Midwives approach each woman as a partner in their care, helping her understand all of her options and respect her ability to make her own health care decisions.
- Midwives focus on healthy lifestyles and the prevention of illness and disease before they start.
- Midwives work with the family’s and woman’s individualized goals and needs throughout the spectrum of life, from adolescence to menopause.
- Well woman exams
- Pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum care
- Family planning
- Contraceptive guidance and management; including IUD and Nexplanon insertion
- Sexual health
- Menopause management
For pregnant women, midwives provide comprehensive prenatal care and offer a skilled, attentive presence during labor, maximizing the likelihood of having a healthy baby, healthy mother and a satisfying birth experience.
- Midwives view pregnancy and birth as a normal life event in the woman’s life cycle and value the strength and integrity of the woman’s body.
- Midwives are highly trained in early detection of problems to minimize chances of problems in pregnancy and birth.
- Midwives are watchful guardians during pregnancy and birth, and practice judicious medical use of interventions only when necessary.
- Midwives can prescribe medicine, pain control, order tests and provide treatment for common illness in pregnancy.
- Midwives are educated and trained to take care of most complications in pregnancy and birth, and work alongside physicians in high risk care situations.