For centuries women have looked to midwives to advise and assist them in childbirth. Today's Certified Nurse Midwife carries on the tradition of personal, family-centered health care. Midwifery at Shannon Clinic offers an alternative to traditional care for women and families.
What is a midwife?
A Certified Nurse Midwife is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery and possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Midwifery practice as conducted by CNMs is the independent management of women's health care, focusing particularly on pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and family planning and gynecological needs of women. Practice is within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management or referral to a board-certified physician as indicated by the health status of the client.
Shannon Clinic offers a full scope of care for healthy women. This includes complete prenatal and birth care, family planning, child spacing techniques, annual physical exams and Pap smears, as well as treatment for minor gynecological conditions.
Babies are born in the Shannon Women's and Children's Hospital where care is individualized to meet your personal needs. A physician is always available if complications arise during the birth process. If referral to a physician is necessary, the midwife is still available for supportive care.
To find out more about Shannon Clinic's midwifery service or to schedule an appointment, please call 325.481.2270.