Nurse-midwives in WA are licensed healthcare professionals who focus their practice on childbirth and reproductive health. A nurse-midwife can deliver babies at your home, birthing centers, and hospitals. His or her main goal is to ensure that you and your baby are safe before, during, and after pregnancy.
There are different levels of training for midwives. These include: certified nurse –midwives, certified midwives, and certified professional midwives.
Certified nurse-midwives are allowed to practice in all 50 states of the US and the District of Columbia. In WA, certified nurse-midwives need to be registered nurses. They must be certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. In addition, they need to have an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner license.
A certified midwife is a non-nurse midwife who completed a midwifery education program and has passed the national exam. Certified professional midwives are also non-nurses who have had proper training and clinical experience in childbirth and have passed a national exam. Both of these types of midwives are only permitted to practice in certain states in the US but not including WA.
Benefits of Getting a Certified Nurse-Midwife
There are plenty of benefits you can get from a certified nurse-midwife. Here are some of those benefits:
- A Certified Nurse-Midwife Can Guide You During Preconception
If you are planning to get pregnant, it would be a good decision to seek guidance from a certified nurse-midwife. This is because midwives can give pieces of advice for you to have a healthy pregnancy.
Midwives can suggest which exercises you should do and which foods are good for you. They may also provide counseling, especially to first-time moms, so they can become better parents to their babies.
In addition, some midwives, such as the midwives at Empowered Pregnancy, also offer group prenatal care. This group aims to help you understand more about what you should expect from becoming a new parent. Group prenatal care discusses about pregnancy, diet and exercise, labor, and breastfeeding. This way, you would have an idea about what you should expect before, during, and after giving birth.
- A Certified Nurse-Midwife Can Support You During Your Pregnancy
Being pregnant can be stressful for women, especially since they will be experiencing emotional and physical changes. Stress is not healthy for you and your baby.
You can talk to your midwife about any concern that you have and he or she may be able to help you. Your midwife can recommend a certain centering program. In this program, you can be part of a group that can help you understand the changes that you are currently experiencing.
- A Certified Nurse-Midwife Will Be With You During Childbirth
Midwives can perform the delivery of your baby at your home or at birthing centers. Your midwife will be there during your labor, ensuring that you and your baby are safe. If in case any complications arise, your midwife can call OB-GYNS to help, especially in a procedure that would need a cesarean delivery.
- A Certified Nurse-Midwife May Provide Additional Support After Delivery
The job of your midwife does not end after you give birth to your baby. He or she can provide postpartum care to help you learn the ways of taking good care of yourself and of your newborn baby.
Your midwife may also refer you to lactation consultants, if needed. Lactation consultants can help you, if you are experiencing breastfeeding problems like low milk production or latching difficulties.
Get in Touch With Empowered Pregnancy
Empowered Pregnancy’s certified nurse-midwives can be a good choice, if you are looking for someone who can help you with your pregnancy. Our midwives have been practicing nurse-midwifery for decades.
The midwives at Empowered Pregnancy have the proper knowledge and experience to provide you with the certified nurse-midwifery care that you are looking for. Our midwives will guide and support you before, during, and after your pregnancy to ensure that you and your baby are always in good condition.
If you are a healthy, pregnant woman who desires to have a natural birth, Empowered Pregnancy can certainly help you. We can provide you the proper care that you need to avoid having a cesarean section. Contact us to learn more!