What Kinds of Midwives are There?
- Certified Nurse Midwives
- These midwives have gone through nursing school and have graduate degrees specializing in midwifery. They can provide pregnancy and delivery care as well as general gynecological care. Legally, they can prescribe medication, order lab tests, and diagnose conditions. They can work in all fifty states and work in homes, hospitals, and birthing centers.
- Certified Midwives
- CMs do not have nursing degrees, but have a master’s degree in midwifery. Their undergraduate degree is not in nursing. They are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and can only practice in certain states, including Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.
Midwives help with prenatal care on an individual basis. Capital Women’s midwives are here to ensure a smooth pregnancy and delivery. Our midwives will advise you on how to manage labor and what your different pain management options are.
During labor and delivery, your midwife can help with positional changes, relaxation, hydrotherapy, and more. They will help you have the birth experience you want and will call upon an obstetrician if complications develop.
After the birth, our team of providers will help you bond with your baby and provide breastfeeding tips and guidance. They will help with physical recovery and assist with postpartum depression. They might also discuss your birth control options with you and what the best plan is moving forward.
Capital Women’s Care recognizes that birth is an intimate and unique experience for every woman. Choosing the right provider to fit your specific needs is a critical part of the pregnancy experience.
Our providers are passionate about ensuring that all patients receive professional, empathetic care. We possess an ongoing commitment to advancing care – delivering the latest services and technologies in women’s health. Call or visit Capital Women’s Care online to schedule your appointment today.