As a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), I love talking to women about a holistic approach to taking charge of their health and wellness. There are so many aspects of wellness that include nutrition and supplements. Continue reading “Raspberry Leaf & Women’s Health”→
2016…at the end of 2016 we made a family decision. We chose to start the process of making a change for our family. We chose to slow down our fast-past life. Here are 5 reasons why we chose to slow down. Continue reading “5 Reasons we chose to slow down”→
As young girls, we are often told varying things about our period…Aunt Flo…our friend…that time of the month…Shark Week. The information we receive varies depending on where you obtain it from. I remember sitting through “The Class” in 5th grade; it was all very “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret”. Middle School and High School health classes focused on avoiding pregnancy. My mom, a Labor & Delivery nurse, would call me if there was a particularly vocal woman on the unit that day and hold the phone out for me to hear her screams and proceed to tell me “This is what sex does”.
I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I did not fully understand the menstrual cycle well until I was in Graduate School working toward my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). I vividly remember a phone call with one of my professors and she stressed the importance of understanding the menstrual cycle and how it is the foundation for everything I would do as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). She was soooo right! Continue reading “Understanding your Menstrual Cycle & Trying to Conceive”→
When we first pulled up to our new home in Florida, I was pleasantly surprised to see a mature grapevine in the yard. My kids love grapes and having our own supply is such a blessing! Now there are tons of varieties of grapes, so the first thing we had to do was figure out what we had. It turned out that our grapes were Muscadine Grapes. In our area, Muscadine Grapes are also called Scuppernong Grapes.
We have been to Walt Disney World a lot. My go to answer is “more times than I am years old”. We all have our favorite snacks when we go to Disney. Chris has classic tastes- Mickey Bar & Fountain Coke. I love Dole Whips. H inherited my love of Dole Whips. A’s favorite is the Minnie Strawberry Bar. Our youngest, C, isn’t picky…anything Mickey shaped will do!Continue reading “Our new MUST HAVE snack at Walt Disney World!”→
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Long before antibiotics and prescription medication, holistic remedies were used by healers, wise women, and every day folk. Modern medicine is full of amazing treatments that have saved lives. While we are fortunate to have such modern advances, we should not overlook the benefits of holistic remedies. Honey has been used for a variety of ailments for thousands of years. Continue reading “Raw honey for Asthma & Allergies”→
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I am a HUGE fan and advocate for the practice of Babywearing. Babywearing is simply using a sling or carrier of some sort to keep baby close and has benefits for both parents and babies. Babywearing is a practice that has been used in cultures around the world for centuries! It wasn’t until more recent times that Mama’s moved away from wearing their babies.
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I met my husband in the winter of my Senior year at the University of Delaware. I was a Delaware native and had never lived out of state…He was a Florida boy who had moved as a child depending on his father’s military assignment. When I became pregnant shortly into our relationship, we settled in Delaware to be near my family and allow me to finish my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Fast forward a few years and we have had:
If you are like a lot of people, you may not know exactly what a Certified Nurse Midwife (or CNM) is or does. And that is okay! Let’s break it down…the word midwife means “with woman”. Midwives have helped women for centuries? Here are some important facts to know:
There are different kinds of midwives (Traditional Midwives, Lay Midwives, Certified Professional Midwives or CPMs, and Certified Nurse Midwives or CNMs). A Certified Nurse Midwife must first have trained as a nurse and then completed graduate level training earning a Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing. Many CNM’s have continued their education and hold a degree called a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
CNM’s are licensed independent health care providers in all 50 states, Washington D.C., American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico! CNMs can write prescriptions too.
CNM’s love catching babies, but that’s not all they do! CNM’s provide annual exams, well woman care, write prescriptions, provide nutrition and holistic counseling, provide education on various topics, STD testing/treatment, and family planning.
CNM’s work in different settings. You may see a CNM in an office, hospital, freestanding birth center, or even attending women in their own home.
CNM’s are nationally accredited by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and represented by a professional association called the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM).
If a CNM is attending your birth, you can have pain medicine…or not. CNM’s know many coping mechanisms that do not involve medication, but that doesn’t mean you cannot have an epidural if that is what is right for you.
CNM’s believe pregnancy is a normal life event. Pregnancy and childbirth are treated with respect and interventions are performed only when medically necessary.
Phew! Ok, that is the nuts and bolts of the definition of a Certified Nurse Midwife. But, what I am about to show you is what gets to the heart of what starts to DEFINE a Certified Nurse Midwife. Are you ready?
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Being a CNM is about relationships. Couples, parents, babies, health care providers- we all have unique relationships that bind us together. We are all on this journey together and having strong relationships is vital to having a happy and healthy life! I am so fortunate and blessed to be a midwife. I strongly encourage you to seek out a Certified Nurse Midwife for your health care needs!