Points to consider if you want to become a midwife Which kind of midwife should you become? You need to consider how much education you want, what setting(s) you want to practice in, what state(s) you might want to live and practice in, and what income level is important to you, because these factors differ pretty much along the lines of the two categories of midwives. We recommend that you interview several different kinds of midwives with different practices before making a decision. Setting: Are you interested in practicing in the hospital setting or primarily out-of-hospital? CNMs practice mainly in medical settings and in almost every state are required to have some kind of agreement with a physician in order to practice (which means your work situation is dependent on the physician letting you practice, even though you may both be competing for the same clients/patients).
The Midwives Model of Care The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. The Midwives Model of Care includes: Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support Minimizing technological interventions Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>