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Saint Vincent Hospital is proud to be one of the only hospitals in Central Massachusetts to offer care with Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). Certified Nurse Midwives are certified by the American Midwifery Certification and licensed by the state of Massachusetts as Advanced Practice Providers.
Our midwives offer continuous, 24-hour, in-hospital coverage of labor and delivery in the Saint Vincent Center for Women & Infants. Our certified nurse-midwives provide care through the labor, delivery, and postpartum process, and are trained to manage unexpected complications. They work closely with OB/GYN physicians in the event that a cesarean delivery is required.
Benefits of using a Certified Nurse Midwife:
Lower rates of intervention
Promote non-pharmacologic pain management techniques as well as IV and epidurals
Encourage mobility during labor if not medically contraindicated
Emotional support and encouragement
Reduced incidence of Cesarean delivery when compared with national rate
What is a Midwife?
A midwife is a trained health professional who cares for women during labor, delivery, and after the birth of their babies. Women who choose midwives usually want very little medical intervention and have had no complications during their pregnancy.
What Does Your Midwife Do?
Like a doctor or an OB/GYN, your midwife can provide care before, during, and after your pregnancy. Your midwife will:
Provide family planning and preconception care
Do prenatal exams and order tests
Watch your physical and psychological health
Help you make your birth plans
Advise you about diet, exercise, medication, and staying healthy
Educate and counsel you about pregnancy, childbirth, and care of your newborn
Provide emotional and practical support during labor
Deliver your babies
Make referrals to doctors when needed
How Does A Midwife Work With Your Pregnancy Team?
Midwives have a relationship with an OB/GYN physician who provides consultation as needed. Your midwife may refer you to an OB/GYN for care if a problem develops during your pregnancy. Your midwife also may team up with another midwife to assist with your labor and delivery.
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