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Certified Nurse-Midwives

Pregnancy and birth involve every part of a woman. Feelings, hopes, fears, physical and practical needs, and spirital or religious beliefs can all affect the pregnancy and birth. A nurse-midwife addresses all of these aspects to help you give birth naturally, safely, and confidently.

Our Certified Nurse-Midwives are:

Patient Offices

Women’s Health at Nelson Clinic
401 North 11th Street, Suite 600 (corner of 11th and Marshall)
Richmond, Virginia 23298
Phone: 804-828-4409
Fax: 804-828-6084
Directions

Women’s HealthCare at Stony Point
9000 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235
Phone: 804-560-8950
Fax: 804-560-7343
Directions

Philosophy

Nurse-midwives believe in each individual woman’s freedom to experience pregnancy and birth in a safe, satisfying, non-interventive and supportive environment. It is the hope and philosophy of nurse-midwives to provide personal, loving, educated, and competent obstetric and gynecological care to all women. This includes support for the woman's overall well-being.

Nurse-midwifery Care

Certified nurse-midwives provide primary care to women throughout their life cycle. Though often the focus becomes pregnancy and birth, their care also includes contraceptive care, annual exams, evaluation and treatment of infections, adolescent gynecology, menopausal care, and hormone replacement therapy.

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMS) work in collaboration with physicians. The degree of collaboration depends on the medical needs of the individual woman. CNMS are experts in normalcy. They are well trained in the use of medical technology, but only use it when indicated for the woman (pregnant or not) or baby, not as a matter of routine. Midwifery care is centered around advocacy for women and their families. They will support each woman’s vision for health care and birth.

During labor, the nurse-midwife will stay with the woman and her family. She will help provide emotional support and help mom cope with the discomforts of labor with massage, relaxation techniques, water therapy, position changes and other holistic approaches. CNMS can order pain medication if desired including epidural anesthesia. Certified nurse-midwives help woman discover their body’s own ability to give birth, in its own way and in its own time. Routine treatments or arbitrary timetables that can interfere with the body’s process of laboring and giving birth are avoided.

What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?

A certified nurse-midwife is educated in nursing and midwifery. Most hold master’s degrees and are licensed by the state in which they are practicing. They can attend births at hospitals, birth centers, and at home and can write prescriptions as dictated by their state regulations. Certified nurse-midwives are legal in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico. There are currently 160 nurse-midwives licensed in Virginia and they attended 6.6 percent of the total number of vaginal births in the state in 1998.

Midwife means being with a woman. It means mothering the mother.