Certified Nurse Midwives

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) provide care to laboring women as part of our team at the childbirth center. CNMs are registered nurses with graduate education in midwifery from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. This education includes a university degree as well as hands-on clinical training by practicing CNMs.  Each CNM has passed the national certification exam through the American Midwifery Certification Board.

Your midwife is an expert at recognizing and taking action in an emergency if necessary. However, most situations are not emergencies. There is time to work with your midwife to understand your choices and consider the options available to meet your personal needs. As your partner in care, your midwife will provide you with information and resources so you can make informed decisions. This shared approach to decision making and partnering in planning your care is a key aspect of your midwife’s approach to health care.

Licensed community midwives

Licensed community midwives who provide care for women seeking out-of-hospital deliveries do not have medical privileges to provide care at St. Joseph Medical Center Childbirth Center. However, the hospital-based obstetricians and certified nurse midwives enjoy collaborating with the licensed midwives and are happy to care for their clients here in the hospital when necessary.

In the event of a transfer of care, licensed midwives are welcomed to accompany their clients to the hospital and continue to provide support during labor and delivery. We also welcome doulas here in our childbirth center.