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Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses who have completed additional studies in women’s health care and midwifery at an American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) accredited program. Additionally, nurse midwives must pass a national certification exam and meet strict requirements set by state health agencies.

Nurse Midwives have a significant role throughout a woman’s life. They teach and answer questions about proper diets, personal hygiene, exercise, sleep and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They provide preconception counseling, family planning services, gynecological care, annual pelvic and breast exams, Pap tests and screening and treatment of infections. They also care for older women and can provide hormone replacement therapy.

 

What Can a CNM Do For You?

- History and Physical Exams: includes Pap smear, breast and pelvic exams, breast self-exam education, referrals for mammography and lab studies as needed and general wellness counseling.

- Contraceptive Counseling: prescribe oral contraceptive pills, IUDs, diaphragm and cervical cap fittings; discuss health benefits as well as risks and provide individualized explanations and management of all birth control options.

- Preconception and Maternity Care: includes advice on how to achieve optimal health before and during pregnancy; how to minimize risks and screening for potential problems.

- Pregnancy: the certified nurse midwife regularly monitors the health of you and your baby.

- Labor: the certified nurse midwife evaluates your progress and is there to offer emotional support. You can expect your nurse-midwife to listen to your needs and to involve your family to the fullest extent possible.

- Follow Up Care: beginning immediately after birth, the nurse-midwife examines the newborn, provides advice on breast feeding and infant care and ensures that the woman maintains her health after childbirth. All nurse-midwives consult with physicians if there is a problem that may put a woman at risk.

- Prescriptions: certified nurse midwives can prescribe vitamins, birth control pills, antibiotics and other medication and other healthcare products that are needed.

- Permimenopausal, Post Menopausal Consults: annual exams with complete health history, assessment and physical exams with additional focus and counseling on the symptoms that may develop during transition times, including hormone replacement therapy.


Nurse midwives offer woman special skills and an understanding of their unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Nurse-midwifery care focuses on maintaining health and encouraging women to make informed decisions about their health care.

MMC has three certified nurse midwives: ANITA BAKER-ROSS and AMY PAPSZYCKI . They welcome your questions and are happy to take the time to listen to you and talk with you. What is more, numerous studies have demonstrated time and again that women who are cared for by a nurse-midwife can expect the same level of safety as they can from a physician.

Attention OB Patients
For questions or concerns after normal business hours 8am - 5pm, Please call LDRP at the Hospital: 731-352-4149

Helpful Links:

Protocol for OB Patients with Constipation

Medications that can NOT be Taken During Pregnancy

 
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