Episode 7:

You Don't Have to Be a Pregnant Lady to Go to a Midwife

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In today’s episode, Nicole and Shanna sit down and talk with Meredith Wu - Certified Nurse-Midwife at Northwestern Medicine. We learn about the different types of midwives - Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Certified Midwife, and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). We also learn that midwives aren’t just attending to pregnant women - they can essentially be a replacement to your OB-gyn at any age or life stage. We do dive into the experience of working with a midwife vs. an OB for a pregnancy, and the fact that only 9% of births in the US are attended by them - a stark difference to the model of care in say the UK. In the “You Want Me To Do What??” section, Nicole goes into detail about her experience having two kids under the care of the midwife practice. She details the experience from the standpoint of an unmedicated birth, and talks about things you should think about if you do want to go that route.

 

Episode Recap:

Interview with Meredith - 1:35

“You Want Me To Do What??” section - 35:18

 

Highlights:

  • Midwives are an option for your gynecological care, and tend to take a more women centered approach when working with their patients

  • There are three most common types of midwives - Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), Certified Midwife, and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), with Certified Nurse-Midwives being the large majority in the USA

  • 9% of births in the US are attended by midwives - a stark difference to the model of care in some European countries

  • Nicole had her two children under the care of a midwife practice, and talks about her experience going through pregnancy with them as well as having unmedicated labors

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