This week is National Midwifery Week, created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care. Certified nurse-midwives are an integral part of OBHG’s clinical team. During National Midwifery Week, we salute our midwives for all they do to provide outstanding care for women.
At OBHG, we believe that every patient is best served by a dedicated team of experts working together to deliver the best care possible. We also believe that the midwifery model of collaborative, patient-centered care must be part of the overall solution for obstetrics in the United States.
Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who’ve also graduated from a nurse midwifery program. CNMs provide family-centered care to women throughout their reproductive lives. Midwives believe every person has a right to equitable, ethical, accessible, quality health care. Individuals and communities are empowered by the midwifery model of care, which fosters compassionate collaborations and personalizes care based on each person’s life experiences and expertise.
OBHG’s CNMs work alongside OB/GYNs and nurses to provide collaborative care for patients on labor and delivery. Our CNMs have advanced training in women’s health issues with a focus on maternity care services. This includes seeing patients with obstetrical emergencies, delivering newborn babies, facilitating transfers, counseling patients, collaborating with clinicians and providing newborn care.
“Because of our presence on the labor and delivery unit, we can accommodate birth center and home birth transfers, allowing clients to continue with midwifery care in the hospital. This has been great for our program and great for the community. In addition, we provide quality, high-acuity care to patients who have high-risk pregnancy diagnoses. We work closely with the physicians to take care of patients we would not normally see. This increased support for women has allowed for better patient satisfaction.
There is space for CNMs in the birthing community just as there is space for physicians. And most importantly, we are all on the same team and we have a positive effect on maternal and fetal outcomes when we work together. Ultimately, we want the same things – healthy moms and babies. I am excited to see how midwifery continues to grow in our local program and throughout OBHG in the future.”
- Jessica Good, OBHG Certified Nurse-Midwife and Site Director.
“We celebrate our certified nurse-midwives this week and as always are grateful for the care that they provide to our patients across the country. Midwives have become an integral part of many of our teams, working in sites ranging from low volume, low acuity to high volume and high acuity. Their compassionate care and skills are integral to the life-saving and quality-elevating mission of OBHG. We have watched them take on leadership roles, both formal and informal, promoting meaningful improvements and patient satisfaction for our hospital partners. I can’t imagine not having CNMs in the OBHG family.”
- Dr. Shana Yeager, Vice President, Clinical Operations
Thank you nurse midwives for all you do! We not only recognize the valuable contributions of our OBHG certified nurse-midwives, but also the midwives that our teams work in tandem with at our hospital programs. Happy Midwifery Week!
Want to hear about the OB/GYN-CNM relationship from an OB/GYNs perspective? Listen to this episode of The Obstetrics Podcast: