At Holy Family Memorial, we're committed to providing women with choices for your prenatal, childbirth and well-woman care. In addition to our traditional medical options, we’re proud to offer the only certified nurse midwife (CNM) in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a certified nurse midwife?
Certified nurse midwives are defined as primary care providers under federal law with prescriptive authority in all 50 states. To attain certification, certified nurse midwives are required to hold a master's degree in nursing and receive one year of specialized training in labor, delivery and well-woman care. After receiving their certification, certified nurse midwives can provide healthcare services for women from adolescence to post-menopause and are qualified to administer services including:
- Primary care
- Gynecologic care
- Prenatal care
- Family planning services
- Care during pregnancy
- Postpartum care
Different from lay midwives and certified professional midwives, our certified nurse midwife does not offer home births. Instead, our certified nurse midwife focuses on overseeing births in our state-of-the-art Women’s & Children’s Center. Certified nurse midwives do not perform cesarean deliveries, but can assist the physician.
Why choose a certified nurse midwife?
The majority of women seek out the services of a midwife for care during pregnancy. Typically, they want a more natural approach to childbirth and want to avoid interventions, epidurals or pain medications during labor and delivery. However, there are situations that arise where interventions and/or assistance of a physician is needed. That’s why our certified nurse midwife facilitates births in our Women’s & Children’s Center.
At Holy Family Memorial, our OB/GYNs and certified nurse midwife work very closely as a cohesive healthcare team to provide you with the right care, in the right setting, with the right outcome.
More than just pregnancy care—a midwife for the modern age.
Certified nurse midwives are available and qualified to more than just care during pregnancy. They can also provide routine gynecological care, including family planning services and yearly health maintenance exams, treat minor gynecological disorders such as vaginitis and assist female pediatric patients as they transition into adolescent gynecology care.
Will my insurance cover care received by a certified nurse midwife?
Medicaid or a Medicaid HMO, as well as most insurance companies, will cover the services provided by a certified nurse midwife. As with any healthcare procedure or healthcare provider, we always recommend you check with your own insurance company to confirm coverage prior to receiving any care or treatment.
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