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:
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.