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.
Student Midwife Application
Texas Health Nurse Midwife Care places a very high value on midwifery education. We strive to provide opportunities that support excellence in education. Our group of highly educated and trained midwives, along with our dedicated physician support, work to provide a wide variety of patients and experiences.
It has been our practice that students who have been accepted for clinical placement in our practice, will continue with us through Integration. We do understand that there are times when we are not able to provide all aspects of the midwifery scope of practice. We will do our best to help you accomplish your goals.
Deadline for Fall 2022
July 30, 2022
Deadline for Spring 2023
October 1, 2022
Deadline for Summer 2023
March 15, 2023
Programs currently contracted:
- Texas Tech University
- Baylor University
- Georgetown University
Preferred recommendation from program director or faculty
- Student to complete application questionnaire with references and submit to Alison Kirk CNM at AlisonKirk@TexasHealth.org and KatherineHopkins@TexasHealth.org.
- All applications will be reviewed by Student Selection Committee (SSC). Please do not call regarding the status of your application.
- SSC will contact all applicants within 30 days of receipt.
- If applicant is to be considered for clinical placement, Interviews will be conducted in person or via Zoom if not available.
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Labor and Delivery
Since 2005, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has partnered with our group to support the women we serve. The nurses at Texas Heath Fort Worth understand that pregnancy is a natural process and believe that every woman deserves a safe and satisfying birth experience. We believe that birthing in the hospital provides the best of both worlds. While having low or no intervention options, patients also have the availability of emergent resources, including a Level 3 NICU.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Annual Physical Exam
- Menopausal Care
- Adolescent Health Education and Exams
- Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention and Evaluation
- Pelvic Health and Wellness
Prenatal and Reproductive Care
- Contraception Counseling
- Preconception Care
- Prenatal Care
Birth Plan Preference
During the course of your prenatal care, we encourage you to discuss with the midwife your desires for your labor and delivery experience. We encourage you to develop a birth plan to be reviewed at a visit and provided to the hospital staff when you present for delivery. Having a birth plan facilitates continuity amongst your entire care team.
Additionally, many of our patients have a support person or doula for their labor, which we always welcome. If you are interested in more information on the benefits of doulas, or how to contact a doula, please bring this up with the midwife.
Some patients desire to have their other children present for the birth of the baby. Children and siblings are invited as long as they are supervised by another adult at all times.
Natural Birthing Services
We off services that will aide in the natural birthing process including:
- Intermittent Monitoring
- Ambulation during Labor
- Birthing Balls
- Breathing Techniques
- Hydrotherapy (water labor, shower)
- Music (you must bring)
- Doulas Welcome
- Postpartum Herbal Bath
Assisted Birthing Services
We also provide assisted birthing services including epidurals, oral and IV medication and nitrous oxide
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that attempted a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean delivery, including for some women who have had two previous cesareans. If you would like to be considered as a candidate for trial of labor after a previous cesarean section, please discuss with your midwife.
Scheduled Repeat Cesarean
With the aid of Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, we offer Family Centered Cesarean Section. Please ask us for more information at a visit and what this includes.
We provide delayed cord clamping and skin to skin bonding immediately once the infant has been delivered and stable. In collaboration with a pediatrician on the medical staff, we also provide pediatric care during your hospital stay which includes all newborn testing.
We provide care during your postpartum period and traditionally see you in the office at 2 and 6 weeks postpartum.
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- Abnormal Pap Smears
- Cervical Dysplasia
- Fibroids and Polyps
- Heavy or Abnormal Bleeding
- Incontinence and Leaking
- Libido Issues
- Menopause Issues
- Ovarian Cysts
- Pelvic Pain
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Vaginal Infections
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At Texas Health Nurse Midwife Care, we understand that you want your appointments to run as smoothly as possible. To streamline your first visit, our patient forms are available online.
Simply click on the links below to download, print, complete and bring the forms to your appointment. In order to protect your privacy, please do not email forms.
- New Patient Registration Form: English | Español
- Consent to Treat: English | Español
- Virtual Visit Consent: English | Español
- Medical Release of Information: English | Español
- Authorization to Treat a Minor: English | Español
- Payment and Privacy Acknowledgement: English | Español
Insurance InformationWe believe in enabling our patients to focus on maintaining good health and receiving quality care. Texas Health Nurse Midwife Care accepts most major insurance plans and various forms of payment, and will verify benefits prior to your appointment. Please call us at 817-250-7360 with any questions.
Pay a Bill
In order to use the payment portal to pay your bill, please have your statement and billing information readily accessible. For question or payments by phone, call us at 800-890-6034.
- Prenatal and Newborn Classes
Texas Health offers a variety of childbirth classes that may help families prepare for the upcoming adventure. Find a class.
- Breastfeeding Resource
The gift shop, Lori’s Gifts, at Texas Health Fort Worth, has Medela™ breast pumps available to rent. Additionally, nursing supplies and pump parts are available for purchase. The boutique is located on the ground floor of the Richardson Tower near the main entrance of the hospital. For more information, hours and pricing, please call 817-250-3152.
- Prenatal and Newborn Classes
- Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Pap Smears and Cervical Cancer Screening
- Female Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Calculating Your Due Date
- Food Safety in Pregnancy
- Dental Care in Pregnancy
- Alcohol in Pregnancy
- Vaccines During Pregnancy
- Weight Gain During Pregnancy
- Back Pain in Pregnancy
- Medications During Pregnancy
- RH Negative Blood Type in Pregnancy
- Exercise During Pregnancy
- Gestational Diabetes
- Group B Strep in Pregnancy
- Prenatal Test for Genetic Abnormalities
- Membrane Sweeping
- Creating a Birth Plan
- Are You in Labor?
- Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring in Labor
- Postpartum Depression
- Newborn Screening Test
- Newborn Hearing Test
- Skin to Skin Contact
- Umbilical Cord Clamping
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