The certified nurse midwives of Nacogdoches Women's Services provide comprehensive pre-conception, prenatal and postpartum support for women.
Childbirth with a Certified Nurse Midwife
Midwives have a rich history in America, but there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about the role they play in childbirth and women’s health. From Mary Carson Breckinridge, who traveled through eastern Kentucky on horseback to care for poor women and children, to Nacogdoches Women’s Services’ own Marcia Nelson, who as a member of the first class of midwifery at Baylor College of Medicine is a bit of a pioneer herself, midwives give women the opportunity to exercise agency in their birth experience.
When women come to Nacogdoches Women’s Service to learn more about midwifery care, they have lots of questions. Can I walk during labor? Can I labor in a tub? Do I have to have an IV? Can I have an epidural? Some are seeking a low-intervention birth experience, while others are just more comfortable going through the process with another woman. All of them have completely reasonable expectations that this life-changing event be a personal, individualized experience.
Because of their training and experience, certified nurse-midwives are uniquely qualified to provide that experience. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses (BSN) and have additional education and training as Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP's). Most programs are Master's Degree Programs, some are Doctorial Programs.