1. What is the difference between a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)?
A Certified Nurse Midwife has a registered nursing (RN) license and received a Master's degree in nursing with extra training in women's health, pregnancy and birth. Their scope of practice begins in adolescence, includes birth and extends beyond menopause. Nurse Midwives are considered primary health providers. Nurse Midwives are licensed by the state and have prescriptive authority. Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) are midwives that have received midwifery education from an accredited school by the state, met all state requirements, demonstrated competency in prenatal care, birth and postnatal care. The have passed a written exam and received endorsements from their peers.
2. Do you work with a doctor?
Yes, Certified Nurse Midwives work closely with physicians that provide medical oversight. They are also consulted when a patient's health extends beyond a nurse midwifes scope of practice or the patient's medical history may have risk factors that need to be explored.
3. What happens if I need a prescription for something?
Nurse Midwives are able to write prescriptions.
4. Do you work with doulas?
BirthPointe is very doula friendly. If you are interested in having a doula attend your birth and need a referral, we can put you in contact with several doulas.
5. Who will be present at my birth?
The birth team will consist of a Certified Nurse Midwife as well as a birth assistant. Both are trained in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR. Others present at the birth will be any guests that you would invite.
6. Do you do vaginal births after caesarean sections (VBAC)?
Currently, we are not doing VBAC's at home births.
7. When will I get a sonogram?
All patients are offered an anatomy and dating sonogram between 18 and 22 weeks gestation.
8. Does BirthPointe submit the information for the birth certificate?
BirthPointe will submit all necessary information for the birth certificate to the local registrar.
If you have any additional questions please call us today.