For centuries, New Mexico's women have turned to midwives for support and assistance in childbirth. Today's Certified Nurse-Midwives continue to provide care, representing a bridge between traditional birth practices and modern technology. Many women are now returning to their nurse-wife for family planning, well-woman gynecology, health promotion and menopausal care.
Since 1943, New Mexico families have turned to certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) for options in safe and satisfying childbirth. Last year, more than 30% of New Mexican babies were born into the gentle hands of a nurse-midwife. Most of these births were in the hospital.
Nurse-Midwives are registered nurses (RNs) with advanced education in midwifery. All schools of nurse-midwifery are accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). CNMs must pass a national certification exam before practicing. New Mexico's nurse-midwives prescribe medications if needed and have physicians available for consultation, collaboration and referral when necessary. Most public and private insurers and some HMOs reimburse for the services of nurse-midwives.
Nurse-Midwives practice in a variety of settings all around New Mexico with the goal of providing safe, satisfying care for all women throughout their lives.
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