When people think about certified nurse-midwives (CNMs), they often think about childbirth.
CNMs do deliver babies and believe childbirth is a natural, empowering process for women.
They also provide high-quality health care for women at all phases of their lives. This care includes:
- Annual physicals
- Contraception counseling
- Education about ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Treatment of infections, pelvic pain and PMS
- Care during pregnancy and childbirth
- Minor procedures and testing
- Care of peri- and post-menopausal women
MaineGeneral's certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are advanced practice nurses with advanced education in women's health care and midwifery. Their care focuses on health promotion, education and disease prevention.
CNMs seek to prevent problems and help women make informed decisions about their health care so they develop and maintain good health habits for a lifetime.
As with other health care professionals, CNMs must pass a national certification examination, are held to rigorous standards of practice set by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and the state in which they practice.
They also are required to take ongoing classes to maintain their certification.
Certified nurse-midwives work in many health care practice settings, including hospitals, private practices and clinics.
They manage their patients independently and collaborate with physicians as needed.
They can prescribe medications in most states, including Maine, and their services are covered by insurance, Medicare and MaineCare.