Certified nurse midwives at Mercy Medical Center provide one-on-one, attentive care throughout the birth process from labor to delivery. They also care for the gynecological needs of adolescents through menopausal women in our clinic. Our midwives work hand in hand with our doctors to provide the total spectrum of compassionate, skilled care.
A certified nurse midwife is an advanced practice nurse that specializes in the care of healthy women across the lifespan. They are RNs that have gone on to receive a Master’s Degree in Nursing and are considered independent practitioners that have the authority to write prescriptions. They are required to have a collaborative agreement with a doctor to whom they can refer high risk patients.
Midwives differ from doctors in that they are trained as nurses first which gives them a different perspective about how to care for their patients. Midwives are trained in the health promotion model whereas physicians are trained in the medical model. Midwives often have the luxury of being able to spend a great deal of time with their patients since they aren’t called out of the office as frequently for emergencies and surgeries like physicians often can be. Doctors specialize in surgery and disease processes. Midwives specialize in education and management of normal pregnancy and birth.