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With Frontier graduates working in all 50 states and around the globe, the demand for midwifery is clear:
• About 12% of vaginal deliveries in
• The National Birth Center Study II found that fewer than one in 16 (6%) of women who gave birth in a free-standing birth center staffed by nurse-midwives required a cesarean birth compared to nearly one in four (24%) similarly low-risk women cared for in a hospital setting.
"The growth in the field of nurse-midwifery is due, in part, to the culture of collaboration nurse-midwives have with physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers to provide safe options for women," adds Dr. Stone. That culture of collaboration leads us to the first myth….
Myth: Nurse-midwives can't attend births in hospitals.
Fact: Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) practice in many settings, including hospitals, medical offices, free-standing birth centers, clinics, and private homes. Because they are dedicated to one-on-one care, many practice in more than one setting to help ensure that women have access to the range of services they need or desire and to allow for specific health considerations.
Midwifery care fits particularly well with the services provided by OB/GYNs. By working collaboratively with OB/GYNs, CNMs can ensure that a specialist is available if a high-risk condition should arise. Likewise, many OB/GYN practices work with CNMs who specialize in care for women through normal, healthy life events.
Myth: There's no pain medicine if you use a nurse-midwife for your birth.
Fact: CNMs partner with families on making decisions around pain-relief techniques. "Whether the mom wishes to use methods such as relaxation techniques or movement during labor; or epidural, or other pain medications; a CNM will help meet their desired approach," comments Dr. Stone. "At the same time, they provide information and resources about the different options and choices available should any changes to the birth plan become necessary."
Births overseen by CNMs usually have less intervention – such as continuous electronic fetal monitoring, epidurals, and episiotomies – often with better outcomes for women and their babies. "Scheduling a labor induction or a cesarean birth without a clear reason is not supported by evidence-based research and can often lead to unwanted problems," adds Dr. Stone. "However, when a medical procedure is necessary, a CNM will work to ensure that the woman has all the information needed to make an informed decision about the plan of care."