Midwifery

 

Lakewood has an on-staff certified nurse midwife who provides complete midwifery care at our clinic and hospital including pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum care, gynecologic services such as pap smears and birth control consultations, and preventative care, including annual examinations and clinical breast examinations.

What is a midwife?

A midwife’s training and education involves special expertise in assisting women in maintaining a healthy pregnancy and in providing support during labor and delivery. Midwives also provide primary healthcare to women throughout their lifespan, not just during their childbearing years.

What type of training and education do midwives receive?

Certified Nurse Midwives (CMNs) are licensed and educated in both nursing and midwifery. CMNs have graduate degrees in the clinical specialty of nurse-midwifery; they have passed a national examination and are certified to practice midwifery in the U.S. They also maintain a registered nursing license in the state in which they practice.

How does a midwife differ from other women’s healthcare providers?

Midwives can perform comprehensive physical examinations, prescribe medications (including contraceptive methods), and order laboratory and other diagnostic tests. At Lakewood, our certified nurse-midwife works in partnership with our family practice physicians and OB GYNs. She attends to a woman’s physical, psychological, and social well-being and provides individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, along with continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery and postpartum support.