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Midwifery

For centuries women have looked to midwives to advise and assist them in childbirth. Today's certified nurse midwife carries on the tradition of personal, family-centered healthcare. Midwifery at Shannon Clinic offers an alternative to traditional care for women and families.

What is a midwife?

A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery and who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Midwifery practice, as conducted by CNMs, is the independent management of women's healthcare, focusing particularly on pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and family planning and gynecological needs of women. Practice is within a healthcare system that provides for consultation, collaborative management or referral to a board-certified physician as indicated by the health status of the client.

Shannon Clinic offers a full scope of care for healthy women. This includes complete prenatal and birth care, family planning, child spacing techniques, annual physical exams and pap tests, as well as treatment for minor gynecological conditions.

Babies are born in the Shannon Women's & Children's Hospital where care is individualized to meet your personal needs. A physician is always available if complications arise during the birth process. If referral to a physician is necessary, the midwife is still available for supportive care.

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