Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are independent, licensed women's health care specialists. We have a Master's degree, and have been certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Although midwives are best known for delivering babies, we see women of all ages for a wide range of health issues. We follow established professional guidelines and evidence based practices.
While some midwives do offer home births, the midwives at Concord OBGYN only deliver babies in the hospital.
In most cases, a midwife can delivery your baby. If a problem arises during labor, midwives are trained to recognize problems and take appropriate action. Midwives work collaboratively with the doctors at Concord OBGYN. We let the doctor know when we admit you, and we update them on your labor progress. If something in the normal labor course changes and we need to consult with a doctor, they are present and available 24/7. Having a baby can be unpredictable, and we want to ensure that you have access to the best and safest care possible.
There are different types of midwives, with different training backgrounds. The midwives who practice at Concord OBGYN are all Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), which means we have Master's degrees, with education in nursing and midwifery. Some midwives may hold a doctorate degree, or other degrees as well.
No. A midwife is not a surgeon. If it is necessary for you to have a cesarean section, one of our qualified OBGYNs will perform the surgery. Your midwife may be in the operating room to assist as you meet your new baby.
Yes! Midwives are trained to take care of women across their lifespan. We can provide gynecology care and contraception counseling. We can provide STD Screening, abortion counseling, order labs and imaging studies, prescribe medications, place IUD's and perform certain procedures and biopsies. Just like in pregnancy, should something arise where you need specialized GYN care from a doctor, we would consult with our fellow doctors and refer to them for surgery or complex medical situations.