Most Common Myths regarding Midwives:
MYTH # 1
- “Midwives don’t have any formal education.”
Fact: All Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) have a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing and are registered nurses, who have received further education and clinical expertise in graduate or doctoral programs. All CNMs must pass a national certification exam through the American Midwifery Certification Board. See more at www.midwifery.org
MYTH # 2
- “I’ve heard that midwives only deliver at home and birthing centers.”
Fact: CNMs can choose to do home or birthing center deliveries if they choose. At Intermountain, the midwives deliver in the hospitals and collaborate with OB/GYNs should any problems arise that require further medical intervention, including instrument assisted deliveries or cesarean sections. We can also refer patients out of our practice if they have medical issues beyond our scope of practice, including high risk pregnancies or patients with uncontrolled chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
MYTH # 3
- “Midwives only see patients for pregnancy.”
Fact: We see females from adolescence through menopause and beyond. Our most common reasons for visits are prenatal exams, annual exams, pap smears, contraceptive counseling, sexually-transmitted infection (STD) testing, gynecologic problems and minor primary care problems.
MYTH # 4
- “If I choose a midwife, I can’t have an epidural or any pain medication during labor.“
Fact: Our primary goal is to support the type of birth experience you are hoping for while keeping you and your baby safe. You can choose from a variety of options while under the care of your midwife including massage, counter pressure techniques, positional assistance, shower/tub availability, as well as IV pain medication and epidurals.
MYTH # 5
- “If I go to a midwife, I’m concerned that my care will not be as good.”
Facts: Patients can expect to receive excellent medical care when seeing a Certified Nurse Midwife. Their extensive training and board certification make them a great choice for obstetric and gynecological care.
Services Certified Nurse Midwives provide:
- Preconception, pregnancy care, delivery and post-partum care, with extra training in support of natural childbirth
- Well-woman gynecologic exams including pap smears and breast exams
- Referrals for mammograms, colonoscopies and bone density testing
- Family Planning and Contraceptive counseling
- - IUDs (Mirena and Paragards)
- - Implanon
- - Oral contraceptive pills
- - Nuvaring
- - Adolescent counseling
- Sexually-transmitted infection (STD) testing and counseling
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Some primary care issues
- Menopausal issues including hormone replacement therapy
- Urinary tract infections and minor bladder problems
- Endometrial biopsies
Procedures Midwives can perform with specialized training:
- Implanon insertion and removal
- Surgical first-assist in cesarean sections and other gynecologic surgeries
Why choose a Midwife:
The modern-day CNMs pride themselves on providing personalized, holistic care. We provide longer appointment times than the average provider, with the hopes of getting to know our patients on a more personal level. When a patient is in labor, we arrive earlier in the labor process to assist you through it while trying to give you the experience you and your family desire. If problems do arise that may require an instrument assisted or surgical birth, our collaborating OB/GYNs will assist alongside us to provide the safest delivery for you and your baby.