Where can I give birth if I choose a certified nurse midwife as my caregiver?

Stacy Hudepohl, CNP, explains birthing location options under the care of a certified nurse midwife. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Where can I give birth if I choose a certified nurse midwife as my caregiver?

Typically we're looking at the low-risk woman, who doesn't have a whole lot of risk factors, but again, we can help you make that decision if need be. In the state of Ohio, women who choose to deliver their babies with nurse midwives will be delivering in hospitals. The Ohio Board of Nursing regulates certified nurse midwives that we are only able to deliver in the hospital setting, not in the home setting. You will find though that many hospitals have accommodated those home-like settings. Actually, we have two in the Cincinnati and Dayton area that have birth centers within the hospital that you will find nurse midwives who will provide a home-like setting and a natural state for moms who are looking for that option. Midwives also can take care of patients and moms and babies with epidurals, pain medication. We provide water therapy. We provide massage, birthing balls, and different techniques that help the woman through labor.

 

Midwives and other providers support an expectant mother’s choice in birthing options, according to the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal NursingOff Site Icon (JOGNN). Midwifery care places emphasis on an expectant mother’s right to objective, fair, and reliable care options, and respect for influencing cultural, social, and spiritual values, the JOGNN states.

Prenatal and birthing care by a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or certified professional midwife (CPM) facilitates choice in birthing environment, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS). The HHS states that CNMs practice in hospitals and birth centers; a CPM must have experience delivering babies in home settings, as most practice in homes and birthing centers.

For more information about where to give birth when choosing midwife care, talk to your doctor.

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