Welcome to the USF Health Divison of
Midwifery: Philosophy of care
As nurse midwives, we are providers of women’s health care throughout the lifespan. We believe that every woman is entitled to quality comprehensive health care in a setting that supports cultural variations and fosters the dignity of each individual. We view the components of health to include the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the individual. We believe every woman deserves individualized care that is guided by the best available evidence. We honor the normalcy of events throughout the lifecycle. We believe in watchful waiting and non intervention in normal processes but utilize interventions and technology when indicated. We work collaboratively with the Doctors of USF Health, which means our patients have easy.
What is a certified nurse midwife (CNM)?
The word midwife has been used for centuries to describe a woman who is "with women" at birth. A lot of people have the misconception that midwives only deliver babies in a home setting.
Today, individuals who hold the title "certified nurse midwife" are highly educated advanced nursing practitioners who have completed an advanced master's degree in nursing and specialized training in women's' health care. They are certified or credentialed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives after passing a thorough board examination.
Certified nurse-midwives provide management of well-women's health care, specializing in pregnancy,childbirth,post-partum,breastfeeding, and routine women's health care. In addition to services directly related to childbirth,midwives provide wellness screenings, prescription of medications, ordering of tests, and treatment of minor illnesses. In the course of providing care,midwives identify minor as well as severe or acute illnesses or conditions and determine which of these cases require referral to appropriate physicians or specialists.
Certified nurse-midwives provide comprehensive personal care to women and take more time to listen to patients’ concerns and answer questions. They also share information and knowledge, catering to the patients’ individual needs, and provide emotional and compassionate support. The ultimate goal is to empower the patient to freely communicate their desires so that they can achieve an optimal birth experience.