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What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?
Serving the women of Brookings, Gold Beach, Port Orford, Langlois, and Bandon.
Midwives play a critical role in healthcare in the United States. They provide personalized, expert services using science and evidence. In addition to maternity care, midwives can offer general healthcare services for women from teenage years through adulthood and into the elder years.
We offer you the choice of having your baby at our free-standing birth center, Curry General Hospital, or in your home. We can provide you with personalized choices of pain relief options, including all forms of pain control medications (including IV or epidural) in the hospital setting.*
* We are currently unable to offer births locally, but are working with Curry General Hospital to reopen their OB program so we can also attend local births.
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Certified nurse-midwives, or CNMs, are nurse practitioners with graduate level education in midwifery and are independent healthcare providers. They have graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) and have passed the national certification exam of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). In the United States, they are recognized as primary care providers trained to care for women throughout all life stages. They provide general healthcare services, gynecology care and family planning, as well as maternity care (before, during, and after childbirth). CNMs are able to prescribe a full range of medications and treatments - including pain relief medications during childbirth. CNMs work in many different settings, including hospitals, health centers, private practices, birth centers, and homes. Certified nurse-midwives work within a system that includes consultation, collaboration, and referral with other healthcare providers.