Prenatal Care: Finding a Midwife

I am in my fourth week of pregnancy and will soon make my first visit to a health care provider. I am considering the use of a midwife. How can I find one that I am comfortable with?

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The first question to ask yourself is, "What type of birth experience am I looking for?" The second question might be, "What are the options available within my community?"

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are nurses with advanced degrees or certificates in midwifery. The majority of CNMs assist with births within the hospital or birthing center, but there are some homebirth services staffed by nurse midwives as well.

To find a Certified Nurse Midwife in your area, visit the American College of Nurse Midwives Website.

If you and your partner are considering homebirth, you could visit Midwives Alliance of North America and click on "Find a Midwife in Your Area." Often, direct entry midwives attend homebirth, while some work in a birth center or hospital setting. Depending on where you live, direct entry midwives may be certified and licensed by your state and are required to take national board exams.

Best wishes in finding the birth attendant who is right for you!

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