Modern nurse-midwifery practice in the country has its roots in the early work of Mary Carson Breckinridge, and her organization called the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS). After her husband, son, and daughter’s death, Mary started her nursing career by providing care for the victims of the flu pandemic in 1981. In the early 1920s, after becoming a licensed and certified nurse midwife Jackson Heights, NY, Mary and other qualified nurses began working to provide care to pregnant mothers and mothers who had given birth and their infants in the remote area of the Appalachian Mountains.
Since there were no all-weather roads in the area, Mary and her nurses had to rely on mules and horses for transportation.
In 1955, Hattie Hemschemeyer, another famous leader in nurse‐midwife education, started the American College of Nurse-Midwifery. That was the first organization of nurse midwives in America.
Later, that organization changed to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), representing certified nurse midwives and nurse-midwives. As a result, you can now contact the American College of Nurse-Midwives if you need a certified, registered nurse midwife in your location.
Apart from having the necessary training and qualifications, the nurse midwife you choose must also have certain qualities to make you and your baby feel safe and comfortable throughout your childbirth journey. Subsequently, below are the essential qualities to look for in a certified nurse midwife.
- Compassionate care and understanding
When you are pregnant, you will want all the support and care you can get. As a result, the professional nurse midwife you choose should help build a healthy working relationship that makes you feel well cared for and understood.
A nurse midwife making you feel comfortable will also make raising concerns and getting answers easier.
- Effective listening skills
You will want to work with a certified nurse midwife who gives you adequate time and attentively listens as you talk about a pre or post-pregnancy concern.
A nurse midwife that needs regular reminders about your particular requirements and preferences can make you feel you do not have enough support and care to make the process safer and more comfortable before and after giving birth.
- Calm and relaxed
Before or after giving birth, it is a normal occurrence that you may encounter some situations that you fear can put your life and that of your baby in danger.
However, since certified nurse midwives have the necessary training and experience in dealing with different pregnancy problems, they should always remain calm and relaxed.
If your professional nurse midwife remains calm in a challenging situation, that may also help you feel calm and more comfortable. That is because you feel you have an expert that can resolve the problem affecting you.
- Problem solver
Especially if it is your first pregnancy, you will want a certified nurse midwife that provides reliable opinions and guidance that protects you and your baby.
Before, during, or after delivery, your certified nurse midwife should be able to act quickly and solve a developing problem.
Also, importantly, a nurse midwife should be trustable.
Contact Raveco Medical today to schedule an appointment with a licensed nurse midwife who is ready to walk with you on your journey to parenthood.