What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?

What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?While most women today choose an OB/GYN for pregnancy care and delivery, a growing number choose to give birth under the supervision of a certified nurse-midwife (CNM).

Knowing more about the role of a CNM will help you determine if choosing a nurse-midwife is right for you.

What is a  Certified Nurse-Midwife?

Prevea Health Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are licensed health care professionals educated in both nursing and midwifery. Our CNMs graduated from university-associated programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and have passed a national examination by the American Midwifery Certification Board to become certified. They are licensed in Wisconsin as registered nurses (RNs), Certified Nurse-Midwives and Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers. To ensure that you receive the most up-to-date care, our CNMs participate in continuing education programs on a regular basis.

Is a Certified Nurse-Midwife right for you?

If you are one of the growing number of women who want to be closely involved in making health care decisions, you will appreciate knowing that CNMs offer personalized care. A CNM will allow time to answer your questions and educate you about good health habits as well as the physical and emotional changes you are experiencing. They will emphasize education and healthy lifestyles for you and your family. They will tailor your care based on your individual needs and those of your family for physical care as well as emotional and social support. Within the safety of the hospital environment, a CNM will encourage both you and your family to be actively involved during pregnancy and birth — respecting your cultural values and personal preferences and support you whether you want a non-medicated labor or the option of using medications.

Prevea Certified Nurse-Midwives and obstetricians work closely together to manage any potential complications of labor and delivery. Your CNM also works within a team of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and support staff to ensure you receive the best possible care at Prevea.


Our Certified Nurse-Midwife's philosophy of care:

Every person has a right to:
  • Ethical, equitable, accessible quality health care that promotes healing and health
  • Health care that respects human dignity, individuality and diversity
  • Complete and accurate information to make informed health care decisions
  •  Active participation in health care decisions
  • Welcome family members to be a part of all health care experiences
The best model of health care for a woman and her family:
  • Promotes a life-long and compassionate partnership
  • Understands a person's life experiences and knowledge
  • Includes personalized methods of care and healing guided by research 
  • Involves open communication and the use of human presence
We support:
  • Watchful waiting and non-intervention in normal lifecycle events
  • Appropriate use of advanced technology for health concerns
  • Consultation, collaboration and referral with other Prevea health care experts as needed to provide the best care possible

What does a Certified Nurse-Midwife do?

  • Prenatal care
  • Labor and delivery care in the hospital
  • Care after birth
  • Gynecologic exams
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Assistance with family planning decisions
  • Management of menopause symptoms
  • Counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention
If you would like to discuss these topics further or have more questions, call us at (920) 405-1430 or (920) 436-1360 in the Green Bay area or (920) 458-4419 in the Sheboygan area.


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Check out the resources below for more information about Certified Nurse-Midwives.

Baby Zone — Choosing an OB-GYN or Midwife - Answers to common questions about OB-GYNs and CNMs.