NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Hospital is highlighting the benefits of the midwifery services it offers to women due to give birth.
Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who have graduated from one of the advanced education programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. They must pass a national certification exam and meet strict requirements set by state health agencies. Norwalk Hospital's certified nurse-midwives all hold postgraduate degrees and are adjunct faculty and clinical instructors to midwifery students at various universities.
The nurse-midwives provide services including prenatal care, pregnancy care, childbirth education, postpartum care, normal newborn care, lactation advice, gynecologic care, family planning, nutritional counseling, pregnancy, labor and delivery care.
"Our certified nurse-midwives serve as primary care providers during pregnancy," hospital representatives said. "They utilize various services to ensure safe, individualized and personal care, and they work in consultation with obstetricians and other physicians when there are problems that may put a pregnant woman at risk. Though our certified nurse-midwives believe that natural is best and promote individualized care, they are ever mindful of the need for medical intervention when it is necessary."
To learn more about the programs and services available, call 203-852-3073 or visit the Norwalk Hospital website .