31 Mar 2014 07:31:36 MDT Written by: Leann Tobin
A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is an advanced practice registered nurse who has specialized education and training in both nursing and midwifery. CNMs function as primary healthcare providers for women and most often provide medical care for relatively healthy pregnant women, whose birth is considered “low risk.” They also provide gynecological care for women of all ages.
The women at Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Services of Montrose Memorial Hospital help moms deliver their babies in the hospital. They do not attend home births. In the hospital, epidurals and IV pain medications are available and the CNMs work closely with the mother during her labor and delivery. If necessary, they are happy to refer patients and transfer their care to a physician.
Some people believe that midwives only help deliver babies; however, Nurse Midwives are also an excellent option for a woman’s healthcare needs. They provide preconception counseling, annual exams, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and birth control. In addition, you can discuss menopause management and options. If you decide that gynecological surgery is in your future, you will be referred to the OB/GYN physicians.
MMH has had Certified Nurse Midwives in the hospital for over 15 years. They are a department of the hospital and work closely with the staff and physicians to provide women with excellent and compassionate care. Their office is located at 900 South 4th Street in the Medical Plaza building and they are taking new patients. You can call 252-2542 to make an appointment and they accept all types of insurance with a sliding fee schedule available. They also speak Spanish.
If you are a woman looking for a care provider, you might give them a call and see what you think. A Certified Nurse Midwife might be the option you were looking for.
Leann Tobin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, MMH 240-7344