Who can choose a midwife for their practitioner?

Stacy Hudepohl, CNP, discusses the choice of midwife as a woman’s care practitioner. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Who can choose a midwife for their practitioner?

Anyone looking for a midwife really can come and consult with the midwife, we can sit down, go over any medical issues, any high-risk issues, and help you decide if you are a candidate for a midwife. Most patients really are able to see nurse midwives. It's very rare that we have to transfer the patient to a physician, but of course, we work physicians. They're our partners. We value them greatly, and we work together as a team to provide the best care for mom and for baby. Really, if you're unsure, you can make an appointment. We'd be happy to sit down, speak with you, go over your risk factors, and talk about what the best options are. Typically though, we are suited for women who are low risk.


The choice of certified professional midwife (CPM) or certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a good option for women who anticipate low-risk pregnancy and birth, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS).

The HHS states that women who are choosing a pre-natal and birthing provider should consider the following factors about that professional:

  • Frequency of visits to provider during office checkups and delivery
  • Gender and age
  • How he or she handles phone consultations and after-hour calls
  • Office location and hours
  • Personality and bedside manner
  • Reputation
  • Where the expectant mother wants to deliver
  • Who covers for the provider when she or he is not available

All midwives have access to obstetricians and other providers in the event that another form is care is needed, and can refer women to other providers if necessary, according to the American Pregnancy Association [Link to https://americanpregnancy.org in a new window with off-site icon] (APA).

Ask your doctor who qualifies for midwife care.

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