Nurse Midwifery dates back to 1925 in the United States. According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, over 300,000 births were attended by nurse midwives in 2011. Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited midwifery education program and passed a national certification exam. In South Carolina, CNMs must have a Master’s Degrees in nursing and are licensed by the South Carolina state board of Nursing.
Midwife means “with woman.” Nurse-midwives provides women centered-care to women of all ages, puberty to menopause. Midwives provide primary care including gynecologic and reproductive health and maternity care including pregnancy, childbirth, newborn, and postpartum. Midwives perform comprehensive physical exams, prescribe medications, including contraceptive methods, epidural anesthesia, pain medication during labor if needed and assist physician during surgery. Midwives partner with women and their families to listen and provide guidance in decision making. Midwives also provide health and wellness information, educate, guide, and counsel.