Choosing the right nurse-midwife is probably as important a decision as deciding to start a family. It becomes important to select a qualified, experienced and most importantly certified nurse-midwife, since you are entrusting two delicate lives – yours and your baby’s into their hands.
The tradition of having a mid-wife has been around since centuries in many cultures and across the world.
However, after many years of believing that hospitals were a better option for child-birth, this trend of using trained professionals as nurse-midwives only started some years back, but its popularity has only been increasing ever since then.
A nurse-midwife is a trained professional who usually assists (or even stays with, literally) you almost throughout the pregnancy duration and for sometime after the delivery.
This has been found to be extremely beneficial for the mother during the pregnancy duration and the labor process. Hence it becomes important to choose a midwife who is professionally trained and is certified from accredited institutes and organizations.
A certification from accredited institutions becomes important for them in the light of the following points –
Since certification usually involves many hours of formal classroom training and practice before being allowed to work, they possess accurate and appropriate information which help the pregnant mother and family take an informed decision.
Since pregnancy is a time of doubts, fears and too much information especially for first time moms-to-be, it helps to have the assistance of someone certified who can answer all queries and also guide them correctly.
They learn to incorporate traditional and modern methods and also make the entire process of pregnancy an enjoyable one, instead of having the mother stress or worry about it. This also helps the mother maintain her health better which helps ease the delivery process.
Certified professionals also possess the appropriate social skills to ease, comfort and motivate the mother and family as well as cater to any emotional or social needs of the mother.
Though they are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications, they can effectively and constantly assist the mother in case of complicated pregnancies, under the guidance of the doctor.
While choosing a nurse-midwife, keep the following points in mind –
Check the certifying authority and their accreditation. There are agencies in the US like American College of Nurse-midwives and many others all across the world which offer certification and registration.
Make sure you clarify in case you are opting for alternate birthing practices like water birthing or hypno-birthing and choose someone who has adequate knowledge and experience in handling these.
Their availability, location of practice, when and how many visits as well as experience and financial investment also need to be considered. It becomes an added advantage in case she is associated with any leading doctors or hospitals.
Though certifications are a must, for these health care professionals who work closely with expecting mothers, their social skills and level of comfort provided, is equally important to consider!