What is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM)?
CNMs are licensed in both nursing and midwifery to provide a wide range of health services for women in all stages of life. They have earned graduate degrees, completed an accredited midwifery education program, and passed a national certification examination.
CNMs provide care from your first period through menopause and beyond for both gynecologic and obstetric care. Our CNMs provide care during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, and are experts in vaginal births. They can help with things like breastfeeding, infant care, physical and emotional support after birth, and much more. They can also prescribe medicine and perform medical procedures.
Our midwifery philosophy is to respect birth for the natural and beautiful process it is. Midwife means “With Woman” and this is what their core philosophy is based on. HealthNet's certified nurse-midwives listen to you and advocate for you to make decisions that are right for your body and life.
What is an OB/GYN doctor?
OB/GYN doctors provide medical and surgical care to women and have expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and the reproductive system. They have graduated from medical school and completed an additional 4 years of OB/GYN residency.
OB/GYN doctors are trained to do procedures and surgeries like ectopic or tubal pregnancy surgery, management of miscarriages, hysterectomy, cysts, c-sections, tubal ligation, and more. They also manage more complicated pregnancies like high blood pressure, preeclampsia, and diabetes. HealthNet’s Certified Nurse Midwives and OB/GYN physicians work as a team, and all want what is best for you and your baby.
What is a nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner is a nurse who has earned a graduate degree and passed a national certification exam. Women’s health nurse practitioners (WHNP) and some family nurse practitioners (FNP) focus on women’s health from adolescence to menopause and beyond.
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