Why a CNM


“Childbirth is a profound experience in a woman’s life in which she is transformed into a mother and learns how to bond with and care for her offspring. For most women, it need not be a medical procedure.” Sheila Kitzinger

Choosing a CNM

A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is an advanced nurse practitioner who provides primary care to women throughout their lifetime. Specializing in pregnancy, birth and postpartum care, all CNMs are registered nurses who have graduated from a master’s-level, specialized nurse-midwifery program. Accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), midwives must pass a national certification exam and meet strict requirements set by state health agencies.

Midwives are an appealing option for women who want a more individualized, less routine approach to childbirth than many traditional obstetricians tend to provide. They focus on helping you learn about the physical and emotional changes you go through during pregnancy, teach you how to maintain good health habits, and consider you an active participant in all aspects of your care. They see every pregnancy as a unique event and encourage you to consider your options for labor and delivery and to personalize your own birth plan.
Several studies in the United States have shown that healthy women with normal pregnancies who choose CNMs are just as likely as those who choose ob-gyns  to have excellent outcomes. And they tend to have fewer medical interventions (including continuous electronic fetal monitoring epidurals, and episiotomies). They’re also less likely to have a cesarean section.