Births attended by nurse-midwives have jumped significantly in recent years. More and more expectant mothers are choosing midwives, and with positive results.
From pregnancy to nursery
Nurse-midwives are registered nurses whose extra education equips them to deliver babies. They provide care for mother and child through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.
Nurse-midwives offer complete care for low-risk mothers. This includes:
Attendance at vaginal births
Counseling for infant feeding
When necessary, nurse-midwives seek a doctor’s consultation. Nurse-midwives are usually employed by a hospital or doctors’ practice. Most of the births midwives attend take place in hospitals and birthing centers.
But if a woman’s pregnancy and birth are uncomplicated, she may not even need to see a doctor.
Successful, low-tech pregnancies
Research shows that mothers and babies fare as well with nurse-midwives as they do with doctors. Women who receive care from nurse-midwives also report high satisfaction rates.