EIRMC is all about options for women. That’s why we also credential Certified Nurse Midwives to deliver babies at EIRMC.
A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is advanced-practice registered nurse who has completed, at minimum, a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN degree). They are certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board, and at EIRMC, undergo a credentialing process similar to physicians.
For many expectant moms, CNM’s offer a more natural birth experience with as much help as moms want or need along the way. Their deliveries take place in the hospital and they promote different types of pain management options while assisting in labor and childbirth, according to the wishes of the woman.
They remain with the woman throughout labor and are highly trained to recognize problems that might require a doctor's attention.
Benefits of Certified Nurse Midwives
If you are expecting a low-risk birth, a CNM-attended hospital birth might be the right choice for you.
Like an obstetrician, a CNM provides regular education and counseling during pregnancy (including developing a personalized birth plan) assists during labor and delivery, and provides postpartum care.
CNM’s are trained to recognize complications and signs of trouble in pregnancy and labor. However, since they cannot perform surgical interventions in an emergency, CNM’s are generally not recommended for higher-risk pregnancies, such as multiple births or women in diabetes, high blood pressure or pre-existing health conditions.