District - Midwifery Profession
What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?
- Nurse-midwives provide high-quality, hands-on health care for women. A nurse-midwife is educated to support and enhance a woman's normal life processes, recognize and manage problems, and, if needed, refer clients to a health care provider for further specialized care.
- Nurse-midwives provide care that respects, educates and empowers women.
- A certified nurse-midwife is a professional midwife educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, and who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
The practice of midwifery is based upon the belief that every childbearing family has the right to a safe, satisfying experience with respect for human dignity and worth, for variety in cultural forms, and for the parent's right to self-determination.
Nurse midwifery practice is the management of women's primary health care needs. It focuses on pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, newborn care, family planning, and gynecological needs of women of all ages.
Working within the system that provides for physician consultation, collaboration, and referral, CNM's practice according to the standards of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The practice of nurse midwifery is officially recognized by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Reimbursement for CNM care is provided by Champus, Medicaid, the Rural Health Clinic Services Act, private insurance companies, PPO's, and HMO's throughout Texas and the United States.