What Is A Certified Nurse-Midwife?
The word midwife has been used for centuries to describe a woman who is “with women” at birth. A midwife was traditionally an older female in the family or the community. Today, the individuals who hold that title are highly educated professionals who work collaboratively with physicians. A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, and possess evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM, 1987). Nurse – midwifery practice is the independent management of women’s health care, focusing particularly on pregnancy and gynecological needs of well women. The CNM practices within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management or referral as indicated by the health status of the client. CNMs practice in accord with the “Standards for the Practice of Nurse-Midwifery,” as defined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The number of births attended by nurse-midwives in the state of Texas has risen each year. As parents experience the benefits of midwifery care, this trend will continue.
Prenatal and Reproductive Care
Labor and Delivery
Labor and Delivery Location
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Since 2005, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has partnered with our group to support the women we serve. The nurses at THFW understand that pregnancy is a natural process and believe that every woman deserves a safe and satisfying birth experience. We believe that birthing in the hospital provides the best of both worlds. While having low or no intervention options, clients also have the availability of emergent resources, including a Level 3 NICU.
We also provide services at John Peter Smith Hospital.
Birth Preference Plan
During the course of your prenatal care, we encourage you to discuss with the midwife your desires for your labor and delivery experience. We encourage you to develop a birth plan to be reviewed at a visit and provided to the hospital staff when you present for delivery. Having a birth plan facilitates continuity amongst your entire care team.
Additionally, many of our clients have a support person or doula for their labor, which we always welcome. If you are interested in more information on the benefits of doulas, or how to contact a doula, please bring this up with the midwife.
Some clients desire to have their other children present for the birth of the baby. Children and siblings are invited as long as they are supervised by another adult at all times.
Natural Birthing Services
We off services that will aide in the natural birthing process:
Ambulation during labor
Hydrotherapy such as Water birth or Shower
Music (you must bring)
Postpartum Herbal bath
Assisted Birthing Services
We also provide Epidurals, oral/IV pain medication and Nitrous Oxide options.
We provide skin to skin bonding immediately once the infant has been delivered and stable.
We provide care during your postpartum period and traditionally see you in the office at 2 and 6 weeks postpartum.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that attempted a vaginal birth after cesarean(VBAC) is a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean delivery, including for some women who have had two previous cesareans.
Scheduled Repeat Cesarean
With the aid of Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, we offer Family Centered Cesarean Section. Please ask us for more information at a visit and what this includes.
We believe every woman should be able to contact her provider immediately in case of emergency.
We have an answering service 24 hours a day.
We accept most major insurance carriers and Medicaid.
Physician consultants readily available.
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Our offices are located at:
Klabzuba Building on Harris Campus
1300 West Terrell Ave, Suite 360
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-702-9001 office 817-702-5168 fax