Some women choose to use a midwife to aid in their pregnancy because midwives are known for their patience and empathy and for providing one-on-one emotional and educational support. A certified nurse midwife is an advanced nurse practitioner who specializes in providing prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care and gynecological care.
All certified nurse midwives at Scripps are:
- Registered nurses
- Graduates of a master’s level nurse midwifery program
- Accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives
- Have passed a rigorous national certification exam
- Have met strict requirements established by state health agencies
Certified nurse midwives do not replace physicians. Instead they will work closely with your obstetrician and any other perinatal specialists involved in your care.
The collaboration between midwives and physicians further enhances the high quality care offered by Scripps because it means patients have a choice. You can have the support and care of a midwife while still having the resources of a hospital-based birth.
If you decide midwifery care is right for you, your certified nurse midwife will work with you throughout the entire childbirth process, including vaginal, cesarean and VBAC deliveries. Their services include:
- Managing laboring patients
- Performing low-risk vaginal deliveries
- Assisting with C-sections
- Visiting postpartum patients during morning rounds
- Responding to your questions and providing education
All midwives at Scripps work alongside the on-call Scripps obstetricians so that physician services are readily available in the event of a medical emergency.