Midwifery Philosophy of Care
Certified nurse-midwives believe in the normalcy of female lifecycle events and emphasize non-intervention in the absence of complications, as well as watchful waiting, especially during childbirth. They also believe in the appropriate use of interventions and technology for current or potential health problems. Certified nurse-midwives believe that women should be active participants in their own care, and therefore emphasize education, partnership with women, and informed consent. They also believe that every woman has the right to healthcare that respects human dignity, individuality and diversity. The CNMs at Advanced Ob-Gyn provide care based on best evidence, individualized to each woman’s unique situation. We value the expertise of other healthcare providers and will consult, collaborate, and refer as needed to provide optimal care for women.
What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)?
Certified nurse-midwives are educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery. They hold an advanced degree in nursing (MSN, DNP, or PhD) from an accredited college or university, are board certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, and hold a state license to practice.
Certified nurse-midwives are specialists in normal childbirth and well-women care. They practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, offices, health departments, birth centers, and homes.
Some of the Benefits of CNM Care
• Hands-on labor support, with fewer unnecessary interventions
• Fewer inductions and less use of pitocin/oxytocin
• Lower c-section rate
• Lower epidural rate
• Lower preterm birth rate
• Lower rate of perineal lacerations
• Improved cost-savings for the healthcare system
• Higher rates of breastfeeding at birth and at 6 months
• Higher consumer satisfaction rates
Birth care at Spectrum Health (including labor support)
Annual well woman exams, including breast exam and pap
Family planning/contraception counseling
IUD and Nexplanon insertion
Gynecologic problem visits
Out-of-hospital birth (offered to women who meet our low-risk criteria)