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Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are health care providers who care for women of all ages and stages of life. Many midwives focus on maternity care, i.e. care for pregnancy, labor & birth.
What are CNMs?
What else can CNMs do?
Did you know that a CNM can do your annual gynecological exams?
Click here to see other services within a CNM's scope of practice.
CNMs are registered nurses (RNs) who have received advanced degrees (master's or higher). Our education includes hands-on clinical training under experienced CNMs. We are then sit for a national certification exam and are licensed by the State of Texas. CNMs also maintain our registered nurse licenses.
Where do CNMs practice?
Over 90% of births attended by nurse-midwives occur in hospitals.
Other CNMs practice in freestanding birth centers or do home births.
Some CNMs focus on primary care or well-woman/gynecologic patients.
Here is more information on choosing a birth setting:
Click here to compare CNMs to other types of midwives
Why Choose a CNM?
For many women having a midwife present for the birth of their child can be a calming influence. That is why women are choosing more Certified Nurse-Midwives to care for them. For women seeking a holistic birthing experience, midwives may be an appropriate choice. Midwives are supportive of natural birth, but do offer pain medicines if women request it. In labor, midwives tend to spend more time by a woman’s side supporting her and watching for any health complications. Midwives are highly trained and respond to most complications in labor and delivery. Research has shown that women who give birth with midwives do tend to have lower Cesarean section rates and lower rates of premature birth. Nurse-midwives do not perform surgery or care for high-risk cases but they can first-assist with cesarean deliveries and gynecological surgeries.
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