Creating a Physiological Birth

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Expecting? The Process of Creating a Physiological Birth

This article appeared on huffingtonpost.com and it was written by Debra K on Feb 12, 2015.

As an advocate for natural health, I hope to educate those of you who are pregnant, or may be thinking of starting or adding to your family, on the many benefits of working with a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). In my quest to learn about the field of nurse-midwifery, I started researching Frontier Nursing University nearly three years ago. After speaking with dozens of Frontier grads and faculty members, I decided that, if I ever had another baby (which won’t be happening as I’m in my mid-40s and currently in medicinally induced menopause! That’s a whole other story), I would definitely use the services of a CNM.

CNMs have a master’s and/or doctoral degree and, therefore, have the authority to perform examinations, order lab tests, prescribe medications, etc. In many parts of the world, CNMs are the main providers of care for childbearing women. Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about 12 percent of vaginal deliveries in the United States are attended by midwives.

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews published a review showing that most women whose prenatal and childbirth care are led by a midwife have better outcomes compared with those whose care is led by a physician or shared among disciplines. More from the Cochrane research:

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