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Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) specialize in primary care for women and offer personalized care for pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum concerns. CNMs can assist with lactation and breastfeeding, infant care and aid in the healing process of the new mother. CNMs are experts in their field with extensive training in both nursing and midwifery. To become certified, candidates must receive a specialized education from an accredited program and pass an intensive certification exam to receive their CNM title. CNMs spend a great deal of time completing this competitive and challenging program, which includes classroom studies, as well as experience in the hospital and community.
For more information about our midwifery services, please call our Birth Concierge at 720-455-0355
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) determines the standards of practice by which our hospital is held accountable. These guidelines, along with continuing education programs, help us remain steadfast in our commitment to serving our patients.
For patients wanting a full-time labor and delivery coach, less traditional birthing method, specific medical advice or just the comfort of knowing an informed medical professional is at their side throughout the process - a midwife is an excellent option. CNMs counsel patients on specifics to help achieve personal goals. Many parents take great comfort in knowing that a medical professional is fully aware of the intimate details of their unique pregnancy and medical history.
Sometimes the postnatal period of pregnancy brings about new challenges. It can be difficult to know if a visit to the doctor's office is necessary, and frustrating when it was not. Some questions are personal and more comfortable when discussed with someone familiar. A midwife is an optimal choice for postnatal questions and concerns and can offer sound advice on home-care practices.
Nitrous oxide use for labor pain is a mixture of 50% nitrous
gas and 50% oxygen that is inhaled through a mask. It is used widely in dental
offices; most people know of it as "laughing gas". You hold your own mask and begin to inhale
the gas mixture about 30 seconds before a contraction begins. Starting to
inhale before a contraction begins helps the gas to reach its peak effect at
about the same time as the contraction reaches its peak, providing the greatest
relief. The nitrous is self administered by the laboring woman, breathing it in
as you feel the need. Once you decide you want to use it, your provider will
order it and a member of the anesthesia team will come to your room, set it up,
and review how to use it. Some women have reported nausea after prolonged use;
medication to help ease the nausea is available if that happens. It can also cause some unsteadiness when up,
which is why there should always be a family member or staff person in the room
when you would like to get out of the chair or bed, in case you need
assistance. You may be out of bed and
use the nitrous. As long as you are steady on your feet, you may be up and
about in your room. You will not be
permitted to use nitrous oxide while also sitting in the tub. There are no known effects on the baby;
nitrous is the only pain relief method used for labor that is cleared from the
body through the lungs, so as soon as you pull the mask away, the nitrous
effect is gone within a breath or two.
There are only a handful of hospitals in the country that
offer this option for pain relief.
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