Certified Nurse Midwife

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?

A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is an advanced practice registered nurse who has gone through training to become a nurse, and then attended graduate school to become a CNM. Most CNMs have a master’s or doctorate degrees. A CNM can provide care to patients during pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth and the post- partum period as well as provide gynecology services.
At Delaney OB/GYN, we have two Certified Nurse Midwives. Our CNMs spend most of their time at Winnie Palmer Hospital. They take care of patients in labor and do vaginal deliveries as well as assist our physicians with c-sections. They also see patients for post-partum care. One of our physicians is always on call with the CNM. Though some CNMs see patients in the office, ours generally remain in the hospital to provide immediate care to our laboring patients and new mothers.

What can’t a CNM do?

CNMs do not perform C-sections but they do assist. They don’t perform vacuum assisted deliveries in our practice. If there is a bad tear, PP hemorrhage or other complication, the physician will be called in.

What if I don’t want a CNM to do my delivery?

Not a problem! There is always a physician available. You can discuss this with your physician during your pregnancy so they are aware. The CNMs will still check on you during your labor and post-partum care but the physician will do the delivery.

Can I get an epidural and pain medication?

Yes, you have all of the same options available to you whether you are delivered by one of the physicians or CNMs.

Can I have a home delivery?

No, our CNMs only deliver at Winnie Palmer Hospital.

Are all midwives the same?

No, there are other midwives with various credentials and titles. Other types of midwives mostly perform home deliveries and not in hospital. The education and licensing of other midwives varies greatly.
At Delaney OB/GYN, our CNMs have graduated from accredited programs, have passed their national board certification through the American Midwifery Certification Board and are licensed by the state of Florida as Advanced Registered Nurse Practioners.

Can I find out more information about midwives?

Absolutely. Please check out the following websites for more information.

The following are links for basic information about CNMs from the American College of Nurse Midwives web site:

http://www.midwife.org/ACNM/files/ccLibraryFiles/FILENAME/000000003352/OMOTWomensHealthInformation-050214.pdf

http://www.midwife.org/ACNM/files/ccLibraryFiles/Filename/000000003353/OMOT%20EssentialFactsAboutMidwives.pdf