At Denver Center for Birth & Wellness we offer the midwifery model of care in a home-like space where you and your partner can relax and feel comfortable. Each family is assigned to 1-2 midwives so that you never have to wonder who will be supporting you. Your Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) will take the time to ensure that all your questions are answered and that you can get to know each other. When meeting with your midwife you both will listen to your baby's heartbeat, discuss any concerns, and review decisions about you and your baby’s care together. Your Midwife will spend time getting know about you and your partner's hopes and wishes for labor and sharing excitement in the process of preparing for your birth!
Leading up to your labor, you have ample amount of time with your Certified Nurse Midwife during prenatal appointments to develop a trusting relationship with her and to create your ideal birth plan.
When the time comes to deliver, your midwife will help support you in safely welcoming your baby. Mama, baby, and partner are invited to take advantage of around-the-clock access to midwife support for questions, comforts, and to help create a peaceful opportunity to bond during your stay. We personally go out of our way to make your first days as easy and enjoyable as possible.
When the time comes to return home, you will have access to your midwife by phone for any questions or concerns at any time as you transition.
A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a licensed independent health care provider educated at the master’s degree level and frequently at a doctoral level. Many Certified Nurse Midwives(CNM) have also been obstetric nurses before continuing their formal education to become a certified nurse midwife (CNM). Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) can prescribe medications, order testing, perform ultrasounds and physical examinations. Nurse midwives have been practicing in the USA since the 1920s.
Most importantly, midwives are passionate about providing exceptional personalized care for women. Typically, nurse midwives choose their profession because of a desire to serve and to improve the quality of care for pregnant and non-pregnant women.
Midwifery education is standardized and the official accrediting body is the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are required to have continuing education in order to maintain their certification.
Decades of research indicate that primary care services provided by advanced practice nurses and nurse midwives compare favorably to those provided by physicians. In a recent systematic review of studies comparing midwifery care to physician care, researchers examined multiple outcomes. Results indicated that women cared for by CNMs compared to women of the same risk status cared for by physicians had
• Lower rates of cesarean birth
• Lower rates of labor induction and augmentation
• Significant reduction in the incidence of third and fourth degree perineal tears
• Lower use of regional anesthesia
• Higher rates of breastfeeding
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