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Dr. Austina Cho
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Midwives (Overview)

Midwives are medical professionals that provide prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum care for low-risk pregnancies.


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What is a midwife?

What is a midwife?

Midwife: A practitioner of midwifery is known as a midwife, a term used in reference to both women and men, although most midwives are female.[1] in addition to providing care to women during pregnancy and birth, many midwives also provide primary care to women, well-woman care related to reproductive health, annual gynecological exams, family planning, and menopausal care. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
79 doctors shared insights

Midwives (Overview)

Midwives are medical professionals that provide prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum care for low-risk pregnancies.


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What is a lay midwife?

What is a lay midwife?

Not certified: Many midwives today are licensed (many are nurses, called nurse midwives) or have completed certified training programs. In the past these programs were not available and they learned by apprenticing with experienced midwives. A lay midwife is someone trained by apprenticeship. Many may midwives are skilled and experienced, though most younger midwives these days have more formal training. ...Read more

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What is a nurse-midwife?

What is a nurse-midwife?

RN, trained as MW: A registered nurse who takes graduate training in mid wifery. Similar to a physcian's assistant. They care for women, usually under the supervision of a physcian but in some states practice independently. They can provide general womens health care, obstetrical care, and deliver uncomplicated pregnancies. Complications, surgery, and ceserean sections are refered to a physcian. ...Read more

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How do I become a midwife?

Look into nursing.: Although you can be a licensed midwife without becoming a nurse, i think the best training comes through the nurse-midwifery tract. Generally, you will need a nursing degree. That's followed by a master in nursing degree with a focus on hands-on obstetrical care. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Can i first see a midwife?

Yes: If you think you are pregnant, certified midwives can provide acceptable care, support and delivery at the end. If you are in good health otherwise and have no risk factors, go ahead if you colleagues and friends know of a good one. ...Read more

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Can a midwife deliver the baby?

Yes: Midwifes are trained to deliver babies and manage uncomplicated pregnancies. Different states have different laws regarding privileges for midwives. Plan ahead and research your options. ...Read more

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Are midwives really important now?

Sure.: Midwives can provide care for the majority of low-risk pregnancies and are particularly useful to contain costs associated with healthcare provision while maintaining a high quality of prenatal and perinatal services. They should all function in close association with obstetricians and/or maternal-fetal medicine specialists to assure proper case management and up to date information. ...Read more

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How can I arrange to see a midwife?

Local hospital: Call your local hospitals and ask if they have any midwives on staff. ...Read more

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What are a midwives responsibilities?

Ask the midwife: Midwives are supposed to be certified and make sure if u use a midwife that the midwife has a close working relationship with an OB doc so there is backup, midwife is not supposed to take care of complications only do a normal spontaneous vaginal delivery if you need a csection the OB doc must do that ( some midwives can scrub to assist) and do not do a home delivery since no one can predict. ...Read more