What is a midwife?
Just as they have throughout history, midwives attend childbirth and support women throughout labor and delivery. Today, midwives provide prenatal care for women with normal pregnancies, attend childbirth and care for women immediately following the birth of their babies. Midwives are also trained to provide well-woman care and screenings.
Are there different kinds of midwives?
The majority of midwives in the United States are either CNMs-Certified Nurse Midwives (nurses with graduate level education and certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board) or CPMs-Certified Professional Midwives (a non-collegiate level of education certified by the North American Registry of Midwives). CNMs are legal in all 50 states, can write prescriptions, and are able to admit patients to the hospital. All the midwives at Reading Health Physician Network - Reading Birth Centerare Certified Nurse Midwives.
Did you know?
- Nurse midwives may legally practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- Nurse midwives can prescribe medication.
- Nurse midwives practice in homes, birth centers, clinics, and hospitals.
- Thirty-three states – including Pennsylvania – require private insurance reimbursement for nurse-midwifery services.
- Medicaid reimbursement is mandatory in all 50 states.