Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM's) provide healthcare services for women from adolescence to beyond menopause.
- primary care
- gynecologic care
- prenatal care
- family planning services
- care during pregnancy
- postpartum period
- Master's degree in nursing
- One year specialized training in labor and delivery & well-women care
CNM's are defined as primary care providers under federal law with prescriptive authority in all 50 states.
Some midwives, such as lay midwives and certified professional midwives do homebirths, however at HFM, our certified nurse midwife, Leslie, will only be attending births in our Women's and Children's Center.
The majority of women who seek the care of a midwife 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. Midwives do not perform cesarean deliveries, but can assist the physician.
The OB/GYNs and midwife at HFM work very closely as a healthcare team to provide the right care, in the right setting.
Medicaid or a Medicaid HMO as well as most insurance companies will cover the services of a CNM. As with any healthcare procedure or healthcare provider, we ALWAYS recommend you check with your own insurance company to confirm coverage.