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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."
Myth: Insurance does not cover midwifery services.
Fact: Thirty-three states require private insurance companies to pay for services provided by CNMs and
Myth: The level of education for nurse-midwives is lacking.
Fact: There are many different types of midwives, each holding different certifications based on their education and/or experience. CNMs have a master's and/or doctoral degree. CNMs are licensed in all 50 states. The licensing provides the authority to perform examinations, order lab tests, attend births and prescribe medications. This chart from Midwife.org is a great resource to see the level of education in the midwifery field.
Today's midwives also come from all walks of life. Some earned their midwifery degree immediately after graduating from college, while others are former teachers, writers, missionaries, and general practice nurses. All nurse-midwives begin their education as a registered nurse.
Myth: Men can't be nurse-midwives.
Fact: Midwife means "with woman," not "a female provider."
Myth: You only need the services of a nurse-midwife during pregnancy.
Fact: CNMs provide primary health care services to women and families in all stages of life, from the teenage years through menopause. These services include not only caring for women during pregnancy but also general health check-ups; gynecologic care; and prescribing medications, including all forms of pain control medications and birth control. Nurse-midwives also care for newborns in the first month of life.
Another great benefit to working with CNMs is their holistic approach to wellbeing. "In general, they will spend more time answering all questions and help you learn about the physical and emotional changes you may experience while preparing for your expanding family or with your general care," comments Dr. Stone.
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