Why a Nurse Midwife?

What does the word Midwife mean?

The word midwife is an Old English expression which means “with woman.” The term was used as early as 1303. The profession of nurse-midwifery was brought to the United States from England in the 1920’s so that Frontier Nursing Service could provide care to women in rural eastern Kentucky. The project was extremely successful, and in the following years CNM’s have established a growing reputation for safe and affordable maternal and infant care.

What is a nurse-midwife (CNM)?

A Certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of American College of Nurse-Midwives. Today’s CNM’s are licensed/independent health care providers with prescriptive privileges in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Why use a midwife rather than a physician?

Because a nurse midwife is a specialist in normal, whereas physicians specialize in abnormal. Physician education is so long because they focus on all the possible problems and how to treat them. Of course, treating problems often focuses on treating the symptoms without ever really zeroing in on the underlying problem and trying to re-balance the body and life in order to eliminate the problem. Nurse midwives typically spend more time per visit and work with a client to promote a healthy lifestyle. This alone will minimize the number and severity of health problems.

In my view, you having a healthy, joyful pregnancy, birth, baby and life is the primary goal of your care.