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If someone asked you what a midwife was, how would you describe it? My SIL just emailed me and said 'I can't wait to hear what a midwife is?" LOL

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:46 PM on Dec. 21, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • A registered nurse specializing in pre-natal care, labor and delivery, and family planning assistance. Midwives can deliver babies and write prescriptions.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:55 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • Midwifery
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    Midwifery is a health care profession in which providers give prenatal care to expecting mothers, attend the birth of the infant, and provide postpartum care to the mother and her infant including breastfeeding.

    A practitioner of midwifery is known as a midwife, a term used in reference to both women and men. (The etymology of midwife is Middle English mid = with and Old English wif = woman). In the United States, nurse-midwives (see below) are advance practice nurses (nurse practitioners]). In addition to giving care to women in connection with pregnancy and birth, they also provide primary care to women, well-woman care (gynecological annual exams), family planning, and menopause care.

    Midwives are autonomous practitioners who are specialists in a low-risk pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum stage. They generally strive to help women have a

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • Continued...
    Midwives refer women to obstetricians when a pregnant woman requires care beyond the midwives' area of expertise. In many jurisdictions, these professions work together to provide care to childbearing women. In others, only the midwife is available to provide care. Midwives are trained to handle certain situations that are considered abnormal, including breech births and posterior position, using non-invasive techniques.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 PM on Dec. 21, 2009

  • A midwife is someone who provides ob/gyn care and has either done direct entry training or has a background in nursing. Midwives tend to view pregnancy, labor and delivery as normal and natural and tend to use fewer interventions then doctors.

    Answer by miriamz at 12:06 AM on Dec. 22, 2009

  • midwives don't have to be nurses and some still aren't certified. and from what i've read and learned about midwives, unless they are under the direct care of an ob/gyn, they cannot write prescriptions. you can find a local midwife or birthing center and get great info from them. check online to see if any have a website.

    Answer by mommytobobby at 12:59 AM on Dec. 22, 2009

  • I don't get why it's funny.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:56 AM on Dec. 22, 2009

  • The word midwife is from the German "with woman". A midwife is a birth attendant. There are two types: a nurse/midwife is a nurse with a master's degree in Midwifery; a lay midwife is someone with out formal medical training.

    My sister is a nurse/midwife and delivered my daughter.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:31 AM on Dec. 22, 2009

  • The laws about the scope of practice for CNM's vary by state but I know that here in NY they can prescribe medicine and need to have an affiliation with an OB/GYN for referrals but are not under the direct supervision of an OB/GYN.

    Answer by miriamz at 10:31 AM on Dec. 22, 2009

  • A CNM is a Certified Nurse Midwife who has a Bachelor's in Nursing and a Master's in Midwifery.

    Answer by miriamz at 10:32 AM on Dec. 22, 2009

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