As nurse midwives, we care for people throughout their lifetimes for gynecologic care, and we pride ourselves in a holistic approach to health.
Nurse midwives have master degrees in nursing and specialize in midwifery. This means we are also nurse practitioners, allowing us to diagnose and treat conditions such as pelvic pain and irregular periods, provide sex education, guide menopausal management, treat anxiety and depression, and much more.
When it comes to labor and delivery, many people are surprised to learn they can have a midwife if they want an epidural, or if they have medical complications in pregnancy. We attend many kinds of births, and care with a nurse midwife is shown to reduce cesarean delivery rates. The quality of care we provide is unique, regardless of whether you opt for pain medication in labor or not. We are experts in physiologic birth, which means we understand and know how to support normal birth processes, and we have many ways to help when it’s needed.
Midwives foster shared decision making, and we often develop long-term relationships with patients, who may come to us pregnant but stay with us for years to come, for annual exams and contraceptive care, to a variety of health care needs.
Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) work independently as well as with teams of physicians and nurses. CNMs provide health care from first period until long after menopause, with a full range of health services such as:
- Annual wellness exams including prescribing medications, writing referrals to specialists and ordering lab tests
- Gynecologic exams
- Contraceptive options
- Treatment of STIs
- Care during teenage years
- Care for pregnancy, labor and birth
- Menopause guidance and care