Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are licensed advanced practice nurses with specialized training in women’s reproductive health. CNMs are trained to help women be as healthy as they can be in pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period, and to diagnose and manage obstetrical problems, in collaboration with physicians. They are also trained to provide primary care for women of all ages, to support breastfeeding, and to care for newborns in their first weeks of life.
Decades of research show that midwifery care, coordinated with physician care for those who need it, is associated with better health outcomes than physician care alone. That’s because midwives have the time and the training to focus on wellness, prevention, and education throughout pregnancy, and provide one-on-one care during labor and birth. Midwives also have the skills and training to manage common problems that arise in pregnancy and birth, and collaborate with physicians and other providers to provide the full spectrum of care – whether that is an epidural for pain relief or a cesarean for a complicated labor.
Throughout the world, maternity care systems are built on the premise that “all women need a midwife, and some women need a doctor, too.” We also believe that at Charleston Birth Place, which is why we provide midwifery care to all clients and work closely with our physician colleagues to ensure that each family gets the right care at the right time with the right provider at the right place for them.