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Have You Considered a Certified Nurse Midwife?

Written By Arkansas Physical Health & Rehab on June 29, 2020

Certified Nurse Midwifery Care

Have you Considered a Certified Nurse Midwife?

Hey y’all! My name is Samantha Corral and I'm a certified nurse-midwife at Creekside Center for Women. I went to graduate school out in Oregon, where I recently finished my Doctorate in Nursing Practice. A Certified nurse-midwife cares for women across the lifespan- from puberty to menopause. That means that patients can see their midwife for birth control counseling, period problems, infertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding support, hormone therapy, and so much more.

Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) are a kind of advanced practice nurse, just like a nurse practitioner. All CNMs have a bachelors degree in nursing and, at a minmum, a masters degree in nursing practice. They can see patients independently and prescrive medications. While some CNMs choose to deliver in a home-setting or a birth center, most CNMs (94.3%) deliver in the hospital setting.

"How is a nurse-midwife different from a doctor?" I get this question a lot. I get this question from patients, from fellow providers, from my family... it is surely the most frequently asked question when people find out I am a certified nurse-midwife, second only to, "So have you you seen the show Call the Midwife? (Yes, yes I have) Here's the thing, there's a lot that a CNM and an OB/GYN have in common. They will both see their patients at similar time intervals, and likely have similar recommendations when it comes to emergent medical situations. The difference is in the overarching model of care.

For point of reference, the American College of Nurse-Midwives defines the Midwife Model of Care as this: Promoting a continuous and compassionate partnership, acknowledging a person’s life experiences and knowledge, including individualized methods of care and healing guided by the best evidence available, and involving therapeutic use of human presence and skillful communication. The value of this model of care is in the psychological and emotional investment. It’s about partnering with women throughout their lifetime to provide care that is individualized to their needs and priorities. On a more tangible level, CNMs are generally focused on promoting low-intervention, physiologic care.


A key component of midwifery care is regarding pregnancy and birth as normal processes in life. However, midwife patients may just as readily have an epidural in labor as any other patient. Ultimately, the goal of a midwife is not to convince someone not to have an epidural- or to have any one kind of birth. Rather, the goal is to aid women in achieving the best and most healthy pregnancy and delivery possible- and that will look different for every mother.The CNM aims to arm women with coping skills and confidence necessary for any birth, whether that’s a “natural birth” or otherwise.


So whether you’re considering your options for a women’s healthcare provider, or just found out you have a bun in the oven, look into seeing a certified nurse-midwife for your care! You can find more information at

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