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What are midwives?


Asked by Roadfamily6now at 11:18 PM on Nov. 3, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Women who are trained in the art of attending childbirth, supporting the laboring mother, caring for the infant, and problem solving. Certified Nurse Midwives carry a master's degree in nursing and often work in hospitals. Lay Midwives and Entry Level Midwives are educated in lay schools or on the job and attend home births. While Midwives are not usually the first choice for a birth attendant in the United States today, they are in many places in Europe, including countries such as the Netherlands, which actually has lower maternal and infant mortality rates than the United States. Historically, Midwives have been used for centuries to attend births, long before Obstetricians became the primary birth attendants. Fortunately, Midwifery is still alive and well and in some areas is growing in popularity.

    Answer by Adelicious at 11:25 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

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  • They're flipping awesome!!!


    The term midwife reflects a philosophy of care that is directed at the woman & her individual reproductive needs. This philosophy of care is represented by the Midwives Model of Care, based on the fact that pregnancy & birth are normal life processes. The midwives model of care includes:

    *Monitoring the physical, psychological, & social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
    *Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, & prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor & delivery, & postpartum support
    *Minimizing technological interventions
    *Identifying & referring women who require obstetrical attention

    Answer by NDFanatik at 1:29 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

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  • midwife - A person with training and professional experience who provides care to women during pregnancy and through labor and delivery. Midwives usually take a holistic and woman-focused approach to pregnancy and childbirth; many work with the backup support of a medical doctor.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:24 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

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  • Midwives are health care professionals who specialize in attending normal birth. There are basically two types.

    Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a midwife who had a nursing credential, usually an RN, and a master's degree in midwifery. They are legal to practice in all 50 states, and usually work in hospitals, though some also do birth center and home births.

    Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM) is an umbrella term which includes Certified Professional Midwives (CPM), which is a midwife who passed an exam by the North American College of Midwives, Registered Midwives (RM) Licensed Midwives (LM) and Certified Midwives (CM) which are all variations on how states license midwives. They do not hold a nursing degree (though some have in the past) and only do home or freestanding birth center births for low-risk women. Some states do not license DEMs and others ban DEMs entirely.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 11:29 PM on Nov. 3, 2010

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  • I think of midwives as birthing specialists.

    Answer by gypsyjewels at 1:56 PM on Nov. 6, 2010

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  • a person trained to assist women in childbirth

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 12:01 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

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