Damon & Alicia
We Were At The Birth Of Our New Son, and Were Even Able to Snip the Cord. Our new son was born a few days late on June 1st. We are naturally beside ourselves with joy, because we were able to be right there in the delivery room when he was born, and were even able to snip the cord. His mother was a real trooper and has been so willing to share every part of this experience with us. more ...
Shortly after you get a positive pregnancy test, you may begin to think about who you are going to go to for care and delivery. Luckily, you have more options than ever before. Many moms, particularly those with low-risk pregnancies, choose to forgo a typical doctor relationship in favor of a nurse midwife. So, if you are considering such a partnership do your research beforehand to make the most educated decision possible.
First, what is a nurse midwife exactly? A certified nurse midwife is someone that has gone through nursing school and is accredited in your state to assist and attend births of various types. Most are able to bill insurance companies for their services, and even get liability insurance themselves in case of an accident. Most importantly, nurse midwifes have a desire to help other mothers achieve their ideal birth. They have most likely given birth themselves, and are there to make the process easier for mom and baby.
Nurse midwives are usually more flexible when it comes to schedules and appointments, and many will even make home visits to check up on mom and baby. If a home birth is important to you, a nurse midwife can usually accommodate your needs. If you end up having a high risk pregnancy or delivery, they can get you to a hospital to deliver under the watchful eye of other medical professionals.
There are many different types and levels of midwives, so it is important that you ask a lot of questions before committing to a health care provider. Find out their own birthing philosophies as well as how many births they have attended. You want someone that has the education and experience to put you at ease. Find a nurse midwife that you are comfortable with- and don't be afraid to find another if they don't meet your needs.