Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Myth #1: Midwives Are Just Untrained Labor Coaches



Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today’s modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women’s Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we’ve teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!

Becky Kahler and Kay Weina have nearly 30 years of combined experience as certified nurse midwives and are passionate about the work they do.

Over the next few months, Becky and Kay will help us break down different myths, so stay tuned as we address some of the most common questions surrounding midwifery!

Myth #1: Midwives are just untrained labor coaches.

Despite this myth’s popularity, certified nurse midwives often have more training that many labor and delivery nurses. While labor and delivery nurses are required to hold a Bachelor in Nursing, certified nurse midwives go back to school to get their Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN). They are also required to pass a national certification exam, which combined with their training and medical expertise qualifies them to deliver babies.

“I think a lot of nurse midwives were labor and delivery nurses to begin with, like us,” Kay, who was a labor and delivery nurse for 10 years before going back to school, says.

“When you’re a labor and delivery nurse, you get that patient to delivery, and when you get to that point, the doctor comes in to catch the baby,” Kay continues. “I always thought -- well gosh! -- that’s the best part! I could do that!”

Becky, who was a labor and delivery nurse for 14 years before she received her MSN, explains that being a certified nurse midwife is similar to being a nurse practitioner, but it’s “more of an OB/GYN nurse practitioner role.”

“I felt like I was missing a big part of each woman’s journey as a labor and delivery nurse, but being a midwife allows me to see them in the beginning, throughout their pregnancy, and afterwards too!” Becky says.

Stay Tuned

We'll be updating this blog series with new posts soon, so be sure to check back! In our next blog post Becky and Kay will be answering questions about home delivery.

If you’re interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.

You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.

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