Have you considered asking a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) to assist in your labor? A certified nurse-midwife has been trained in two disciplines: midwifery and nursing. He or she carries a wonderful blend of reassuring support and medical expertise. Here are the answers to some common questions about midwives.
A midwife's care extends beyond the birth experience to include prenatal care, such as counseling the mother about breastfeeding and infant care. He or she can also offer the mother postpartum care in the form of support and information regarding the physical and emotional changes the mother is experiencing.