Certified Nurse-Midwives manage OB/GYN care for women of all
ages, focusing on wellness, disease prevention and treatment for minor
illnesses. They specialize in prenatal care, family planning, menstrual
disorders, menopause and other gynecological needs. They offer emotional support as well as sound advice, focusing on
wellness and helping patients make informed choices.
In addition, certified nurse-midwives provide labor, delivery and
postpartum care. Studies have found that care by a nurse-midwife is safe
and personalized, resulting in fewer cesarean sections, episiotomies, and
premature or low birth weight babies. The nurse midwives at PWHealth do not do home births -- Deliveries are at Riverside, St. Ann's and OSU Hospitals.
A COMMON MISCONCEPTION is that a nurse-midwife patient in labor may not use pain medication. Pain medication and anesthesia are available for patients.
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