If you’re pregnant or hoping to be pregnant soon, you need to choose a health care provider to care for you throughout your pregnancy. One of your options is a midwife.
A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse with advanced, specialized training and experience in taking care of pregnant women and delivering babies. Certified nurse-midwives are licensed to provide care before, during and after delivery.
The American College of Nurse Midwives has great information about midwifery on their web site. You will see that they are primary health care providers to women throughout the lifespan. They perform physical exams, prescribe meds including contraception, order lab tests, provide prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as health education and counseling to women of all ages.
If you are interested in talking to a midwife, the Find a Midwife practice locator is a web-based service that allows you to find midwifery practices in your area. It also supplies you with basic contact information like practice name, address, phone number, e-mail address, web site and a map of the area.
You have several options for a healthcare provider: obstetrician (OB); family practice doctor; maternal-fetal medicine specialist; and certified nurse-midwife. Look into each one to find out who works best for you.