What is a Midwife?

Midwifery offers a holistic and natural approach to pregnancy and birth. Midwives are responsible for monitoring the health and well-being of patients and babies and providing physical and emotional support during and immediately after a pregnancy.

When considering a health care provider who will best meet your needs, keep in mind that many midwives focus not only on maternity care, but also on the full range of health needs throughout life. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) provide care from your first period until after menopause, plus all the important health events in between, such as:

  • General health care services
  • Annual gynecologic exams
  • Family planning needs
  • Treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Care during teenage years
  • Care for pregnancy, labor, and birth
  • Menopause care

CNMs and CMs are independent health care providers. They also work with other members of the health care team, such as physicians and nurses, to provide the highest quality care. They work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, medical offices, clinics, birth centers, and homes.

Most midwives in the United States have a master’s degree and are required to pass a national certification exam. There are many different types of midwives, each holding different certifications based on their education and/or experience. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) attend approximately 93% of all midwife-attended births in the United States.

CNMs and CMs work with all members of the health care team, including physicians. Midwifery care fits well with the services provided by obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs), who are experts in high risk, medical complications, and surgery. By working with OB/GYNs, midwives can ensure that a specialist is available if a high-risk condition should arise. Likewise, many OB/GYN practices include midwives who specialize in care for women through normal, healthy life events. In this way, all women can receive the right care for their individual health care needs.

If you are interested in learning more about midwifery care, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 352-332-7222 today!

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