Who is a certified nurse midwife (CNM)?
A certified nurse midwife, or CNM, is a professional in the health care field who specializes in midwifery. These providers offer prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum, and newborn care to patients and their children. Certified nurse midwives go through a rigorous education, training, and certification process. They will first receive their degree in nursing and become RNs, or registered nurses. They continue their education by enrolling in and completing a University program. To be valid, these programs must have received accreditation from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Additionally, CNMs must also be able to pass a national exam that certifies them to practice in this area of medicine. Health agencies in each state will further require these individuals to meet certain requirements and guidelines in order to obtain the proper licensing to practice in that particular state.
Where can certified nurse midwives be employed?
Certified nurse midwives can be found in a number of different places. However, for the most part, CNMs will typically work in hospitals or obstetrical clinics. They will often work alongside of physicians within private practices, at medical centers, or at Health Maintenance Organizations, also known as HMOs. Regardless of the type of facility by which they are employed, their duties and responsibilities remain largely the same: to provide prenatal care and postpartum care to women and to assist during labor and delivery.
What are the services that can be provided by certified nurse midwives?
CNMs can provide a myriad of services throughout the pregnancy as well as during the postpartum phase. Along with offering prenatal care, certified nurse midwives will typically also assist at the birth as well as provide postpartum care to the mother and newborn care to the infant. They can also offer regularly scheduled gynecological checkups, advise on family planning methods and birth control, provide annual general health examinations, and treat women who are going through menopause or who are experiencing minor disorders and issues including vaginitis.
Perhaps the most well known responsibility of certified nurse midwives is to provide care and support for women during the labor and delivery process. With that being said, however, the general philosophy surrounding midwifery can be appreciated by women of all ages and needs. Certified nurse midwives are an integral part of women’s health care whether the patient is an adolescent, an adult, or a senior citizen.
If I’m seeing a certified nurse midwife while I am pregnant, will it be possible for me to deliver my baby at home?
At this time, our midwives in Brooklyn are unable to provide care in an at-home birth setting. However, we do offer convenient, homey maternity care right here at our clinic. Our patients have the convenience of being able to stay in the same room throughout labor, delivery, and postpartum care. Not only will you be able to stay put while in our care, but the same nurse will also be attending to your needs throughout your stay. Our goal is to make sure you feel comfortable and at home throughout the entire birth experience.
At the birth, will I be able see the same CNM that cared for me during my appointments at the clinic?
At our practice, we employ a team of providers, each of which is highly qualified and dedicated to providing quality care throughout your entire pregnancy, from your first appointment to your final postpartum visit. This means that you will be in great care every step of the way, but it also means that you might have any one of our providers present at the birth of your new baby. We work as a team at our clinic, and we meet at least monthly in order to discuss the needs of our patients so that we are all prepared to provide you with the best care possible when you’re ready to have your baby. We all share the same philosophy when it comes to health care so you will never need to worry that one of our providers will require you to change your birth plan at the very last moment. We all work together to ensure that you have a wonderful birth experience.