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What does a midwife do?

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Like a doctor or an OB, a midwife can provide care before, during, or 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, meds, and staying healthy
  • Educate and counsel you about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care
  • Give you emotional and practical support during labor
  • Admit and discharge you from the hospital
  • Deliver your babies
  • Make referrals to doctors when needed

From: What Is a Midwife? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Certified Nurse Midwife."

Association of Midwifery Educators: "Certification."

American College of Nurse Midwives: "Comparison of Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, and Certified Professional Midwives;"  "Definition of Midwifery and Scope of Practice of Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives;" and "Differences between Nurse-Midwives, Other Midwives, and Doulas."

Midwifery Alliance of North America, 2011: "Direct-Entry Midwifery State-by-State Legal Status, Last Updated 5-11-2011."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Certified Nurse Midwife."

Association of Midwifery Educators: "Certification."

American College of Nurse Midwives: "Comparison of Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, and Certified Professional Midwives;"  "Definition of Midwifery and Scope of Practice of Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives;" and "Differences between Nurse-Midwives, Other Midwives, and Doulas."

Midwifery Alliance of North America, 2011: "Direct-Entry Midwifery State-by-State Legal Status, Last Updated 5-11-2011."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 08, 2018

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