A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is an independent health care provider who provides services to women of all ages in all stages of life. While midwives have historically been associated with pregnancy and childbirth, today's CNMs offer a range of services from high school physicals, immunizations and birth control counseling to perimenopausal and menopausal counseling and treatment. CNMs are registered nurses with graduate education in midwifery who have graduated from an accredited nurse-midwifery education program. They are considered primary care providers under federal law and are able to prescribe a full range of medications and treatments. At Aurora Nurse Midwives, our CNMs work with all members of the health team, including physicians, should any of our patients develop high-risk conditions or need referrals to specialists.
The midwife philosophy of care affirms the power and strength of women. We believe the best model of health care for a woman and her family promotes a continuous and compassionate partnership that involves therapeutic use of human presence and skillful communication. We honor the normalcy of a woman’s lifecycle events and believe in watchful waiting and non-intervention if possible. We believe every woman has the right to self-determination and active participation in her health care decisions.
During pregnancy, our CNMs strive to provide the mother with individualized education, counseling and prenatal care, as well as hands-on assistance during labor and postpartum support. In addition, CNMs try to minimize interventions during labor and delivery such as episiotomies, induction and Cesarean sections.
A CNM may be the right fit for you if you value holistic and patient-centric care, if you want to develop a long-term relationship with your caregiver or if you’re seeking a caregiver who will be your partner and empower you to play an active role in your health decisions. Please feel free to contact Aurora Nurse Midwives with any questions or to learn more about our nurse-midwives.