WSNM Nurse Midwives

A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who has completed an accredited education program in nurse-midwifery and has passed a national certifying exam. Certified nurse-midwives provide prenatal care, deliver babies, and offer women’s gynecology care from the first menstrual cycle through menopause.As a type of advanced practice nurse, nurse-midwives focus on educating and partnering with women in their health care and in their childbearing.They work in collaboration with physicians, in a team approach that ensures that women are linked up with the appropriate or desired level of care.

At Women’s Specialists, nurse-midwives believe that birth is a natural and normal process. We blend time honored traditions in providing care in labor with up to date knowledge from research in the field of women’s health, obstetrics, physiology, and breastfeeding.

Midwives at Women’s Specialists take a personal approach to childbirth, stressing the importance of education and emotional support for parents.  We recognize the diversity in women’s desires  and will work with you regarding support and pain management in the process of having your baby.  In labor, we will honor and follow physiologic principles for childbirth wherever possible so that your natural hormones for birth and breastfeeding are operating at their best. This blending of expertise allows us to provide safe and satisfying births. A midwife can help preserve the “normal” aspects of pregnancy and birth even for a woman who needs lots of intervention to bring her baby safely into the world.
 

Midwives take care of many of the women who come to have their babies in the Women’s Specialists practice, either in the prenatal period only or throughout the pregnancy and birth.Currently this depends on the facility you choose for delivery.

Women’s Specialists has two sets of physician groups who deliver babies at Lovelace Women’s Hospital and at downtown Presbyterian Hospital . The Midwife group is dedicated to the Lovelace Women’s Hospital site for deliveries, but can see you for prenatal care if you are planning your birth at Presbyterian. There is an integrated team of midwives and physicians and other practitioners at Women’s Specialists here to serve you. Midwives are located at all three of our offices.

The majority of the time, there is 24-7 coverage in the hospital by a midwife in our practice, and always a physician on call. For continuity of care, most of our midwives work from sunrise to sunrise, but never more than 24 hours at a time. Four times a year we hold a Meet the Midwives event where women can become familiar with the team of midwives and ask questions individually.

Midwives provide expert care in birth control consultation, in dealing with painful or irregular periods, abnormal bleeding , advising and assisting women who desire pregnancy, diagnosing pelvic issues, offering hormonal replacement therapy, bio-identical hormones, treating sexually transmitted infections, placing intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the contraceptive implant (Nexplanon), and prescribing birth control pills. Midwives can also manage some primary care issues such as thyroid disorders and urinary tract infections, and offer cancer screening and general health counseling.

We refer to physicians right here within our practice and to outside specialists when needed.