The Versatility of Midwives

By Kristine Hartvigsen on May 5th, 2017

Despite centuries of development and increasing sophistication, midwifery remains a misunderstood profession by much of society. First, a midwife’s scope of service is not restricted to pregnancy and childbirth, as is commonly believed.

The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) has long maintained that nurse midwives in reality are primary care practitioners. That’s because most midwives, working along a spectrum of skills and certifications, are trained to care for their patients in diverse settings across the lifespan.

In addition to attending births, most midwives are able to provide holistic wellness care, gynecological and sexual health care, family planning services, preconception care, postpartum care, and even healthy infant care.

Ideally, midwives maintain relationships with their patients from cradle to grave. In this context, they provide more than clinical care. According to the ACNM, they also support their patients who may be struggling with cultural, socioeconomic, or even psychological issues. They are trusted advocates for their patients while also offering a reassuring sense of peace and intimacy.

The popular PBS series “Call the Midwife” reflects a growing interest in the profession and fascination with its roots. As significant healthcare workforce shortages are anticipated, particularly in the area of OB/GYN, this is an opportune time to consider and embrace the services of talented midwives.

Where the industry has been examined, research consistently indicates that midwifery care encourages and increases breastfeeding among their patients and generally produces lower rates of cesarean births.

May 5 is International Day of the Midwife (IDM), an opportunity to express appreciation for midwives around the world and raise awareness about the wide spectrum of quality care they provide. Fittingly, the 2017 theme for IDM is “I Believe in Partnership.”

Ob Hospitalist Group proudly employs Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) to work collaboratively with the highly skilled obstetric teams in its partner hospitals. Without question, CNMs play a pivotal role in OBHG’s mission to elevate the standard of women’s healthcare.

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