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What is a Midwife?

What is a Midwife?

Thinking about having a baby? Wondering what your birthing options are? Today’s moms have more choices than ever.

Care Provided By Midwives

Midwives focus not only on maternity care, but also on the full range of a woman’s health needs. Midwives provide care starting with a woman’s first period until after menopause, plus all the important health events in-between, such as:

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

CNMs are able to prescribe a full range of medications and treatments, including pain control medications. We support women however they choose to birth – with or without epidurals, for example. Whether you hope to give birth in a tub, surrounded by loved ones or relaxed in bed with an epidural, we are here to support you and help you navigate your options.

We will do our best to make the hospital your home away from home, while you are there. As midwives, we are experts at recognizing and taking action in an emergency if necessary. We will work with you throughout your pregnancy, birth and beyond as your partner in care, while providing you with information and resources so you can make informed decisions along the way. This shared approach to decision making is a key aspect of our approach to healthcare as midwives. As CNMs, we are independent healthcare providers with master’s degrees in nurse-midwifery. We also work with other members of your healthcare team, such as physicians and nurses, to provide the highest quality care.

Why Choose a Midwife?

Midwives tailor care to meet the wants and needs of each woman and her new baby and can assist women in developing a birth plan that fits their needs. Plus, midwifery care is covered by most insurance plans.  

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