Nurse Midwives

Pregnant women may choose a nurse midwife to care for them during their pregnancy and during childbirth. At MaineHealth, nurse midwives often work alongside OB/GYN doctors and family medical doctors. Expectant mothers can choose the provider who is right for them.

Who is a nurse midwife?

Nurse midwives are registered nurses who have completed a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery education. A certified nurse midwife (CNM) also has passed a national qualifying exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

Nurse midwives usually see a pregnant woman for prenatal care and help support the mother during labor. Nurse midwives can perform:

  • Prenatal care

  • Monitoring a baby while the mother is in labor

  • Prescribing pain medication for the mother

  • Episiotomy

  • Pap tests

  • Breast and pelvic exams

  • Preventive screenings

Using a nurse midwife alone for a high-risk pregnancy is not recommended. However, many nurse midwives work closely with OB/GYNs. This allows the patient to work with the nurse midwife and the physician as a team throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

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