The word “midwifery” means with women.
This is the foundation of the midwifery model of care. Certified Nurse-Midwives partner alongside women and their families during pregnancy; watching out for complications, educating, coaching and supporting women as they do this challenging work. The midwifery philosophy of care centers on the belief that pregnancy is a normal event, happening within the life of a woman and her family, rather than being a medical condition. Women are designed to do the work of pregnancy and birth, and we consider the process normal until proven otherwise. The training of a Nurse-Midwife enables her to prescribe medications and interventions when needed. The Certified Nurse Midwives specializes in normal pregnancy and birth, however, consultation, co-management and referral to physician care is always available should an increased risk situation occur. Certified Nurse Midwives also attend to general “well-women” needs throughout the life cycle starting with adolescence though menopause. This includes (but not limited to) yearly physical exams including pap/pelvic, breast exams, family planning needs, health counseling and minor illnesses (urinary tract infections, etc.)