Midwives work with women and families through:
- routine annual health exams
Your midwife will provide holistic care that focuses on helping your overall well-being, nutrition and healthy lifestyle, while supporting your emotional and physical wellness.
During pregnancy care and childbirth your midwife will:
- recommend a combination of conventional and complimentary care such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, yoga, nutrition and exercise
- support your birthing choices, including water birth, vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC), trial of labor after Cesarean (TOLAC) and family-centered Cesarean services, as appropriate with collaborative obstetrics partners
- support your decision to use or not use medication in labor
- encourage use of doulas for continuous labor support, hypnotherapy classes for birth preparation and placental encapsulation
- attend family-centered births at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
For your general care needs your midwife may offer:
- ongoing annual health exams
- Pap tests
- birth control
- infertility evaluations
- menstruation concerns
- menopause care
A certified nurse-midwife has an advanced master's or doctoral degree and is certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Source: Allina Health primary care
Reviewed by: Katherine Simon, CNM
First published: 3/7/2017
Last reviewed: 2/17/2017