The difference between Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and OB/GYNs are:
The difference most important to our patients is time. CNMs frequently spend more time with patients asking questions about their job, family, eating habits, health history, etc. CNMs provide holistically minded health care with the patient in mind. We understand that frequent head aches, for example, might stem from poor nutritional habits as well as a poor work environment. Martha takes the time to ask questions to ease or alleviate the health problems that you are having.
CNMs also believe in alternative treatments. This means that for menopausal symptoms (for example), Martha may recommend an all-natural supplement in addition to, or instead of, a written prescription. In the State of Nevada, as in most states, CNMs are licensed to write prescriptions.
CNMs are focused on education in order to involve the patient in making health care decisions. We empower women to take charge of their bodies and make appropriate health care decisions. This is only possible if women are educated about their bodies.
A CNM is not a doctor. A CNM is a nurse who has taken the courses necessary to become certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives to provide obstetric and gynecologic care to women including: PAP smears, birth control, menopausal care, and prenatal care and delivery.
CNMs usually do not perform any kind of surgery. They work with a collaborating physician who will perform procedures like C-sections or colposcopies if necessary. Martha's collaborating physician is Dr. Sheldon Paul.
CNMs do not take certain types of high-risk patients like a patient pregnant with twins.
CNMs usually deliver at hospitals or birthing centers.
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