Practice Model of Care
We practice according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) “Standards of Practice”, “Code of Ethics for Certified Nurse-Midwives”, “Philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives”, and other formal protocols. Nurse-midwifery management has been proven to be clinically safe and competent while providing the support necessary to make the childbirth experience more rewarding and satisfying for women. This philosophy extends to the care of women throughout the life cycle.
What Is A Certified Nurse-Midwife?
The word midwife has been used for centuries to describe a woman who is “with women” at birth. A midwife was traditionally an older female in the family or the community. Today, the individuals who hold that title are highly educated professionals who work independently and collaboratively with physicians and other members of the health care team. A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, and possess evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM, 1987). Nurse – midwifery practice is the independent management of women’s health care, focusing particularly on pregnancy and gynecological needs of well women. The CNM practices within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management or referral as indicated by the health status of the client. CNMs practice in accord with the “Standards for the Practice of Nurse-Midwifery,” as defined by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The number of births attended by nurse-midwives in the state of Texas has risen each year. As parents experience the benefits of midwifery care, this trend will continue.
As nurse-midwives and long-term providers of women’s health care, we believe that every woman is entitled to comprehensive, community-oriented health care in a setting that supports cultural variations and fosters the dignity of each individual. We view the components of healthcare to include the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the individual. Pregnancy and childbirth are viewed as normal life processes and every woman should be allowed to actively participate in the decision-making and planning of her care.