I was thrilled when I showed my husband our positive pregnancy test result, but almost immediately, I started to become nervous. There were so many questions, so many choices and so many decisions to be made. Both of my sisters have children and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, even though both approached their pregnancies in very different ways. While my older sister went a more traditional route, and loved her OB-GYN, my younger sister encouraged me to look into a nurse midwife. Can you help me understand the difference between the two and what it means for my pregnancy?
For most people, choosing a certified nurse midwife (CNM) or an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN), is a matter of personal preference that is easier to make if you can pinpoint what issues a... read more
For most people, choosing a certified nurse midwife (CNM) or an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN), is a matter of personal preference that is easier to make if you can pinpoint what issues are important to you and ask questions. This may be their individual credentials, views on pain medication or simply a matter of convenience that impacts your decision. Knowing the basics about these practitioners can smooth the way to a happier, healthier pregnancy and birth.
It’s important to note there are many other important differences between an OB-GYN and a CNM. For instance, a midwife can independently guide and support a healthy pregnancy, while an OB-GYN must be involved in high-risk situations and surgical interventions, such as C-section deliveries.
Fortunately, this really doesn’t need to be an either/or situation. Many area physician practices, like mine, have nurse midwives on staff to enhance the pregnancy experience. This is an ideal situation for women who seek both piece of mind as well as the personal and emotional support of a nurse midwife.