From a lack of education to banning medication, there are a variety of myths floating around about midwifery. At Desert Blossom Women’s Care, we know a thing or two about midwifery; we all are certified nurse-midwives! We want to set the record straight when it comes to what is true and what isn’t. We all have advanced degrees, and encourage any pain-management methods you feel comfortable with during labor.

So whether you’re just learning about midwives or are actively looking for a prenatal or general women’s care provider, we want to make sure you have the correct information. Our certified nurse-midwives outline the top five midwifery myths – and the truth for each.

“Midwives don’t have formal education or licensing.”

Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who have advanced degrees – either a master’s or doctorate. All midwives at Desert Blossom Women’s Care are certified nurse-midwives who passed initial and state licensing exams. They also maintain national and state certifications, as well as continuing education courses. They are highly educated professionals who are skilled in all matters of women’s care.

“Midwives only attend births at people’s homes.”

Most midwives – including the certified nurse-midwives at Desert Blossom Women’s Care – only attend hospital births. This ensures patients have access to all the amenities and emergency services at a hospital while still receiving personalized care from a Desert Blossom midwife. In Tucson, our midwives attend births at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, and soon will attend births at Banner University Medical Center.

“You can’t have an epidural if you choose a midwife.”

Our certified nurse-midwives offer a full range of pain-management options, including nitrous oxide and epidurals. This myth likely started because midwives are known for providing hands-on labor support to women who wish to avoid pain medication. But we offer high-quality support and care for all women – whether you want a medication-free birth experience or not. Our midwives will discuss every option with you, and work to ensure you have a healthy, positive pregnancy, labor and birth.

“Midwives only care for women during pregnancy.”

Although midwives often specialize in pregnancy and birth, certified nurse-midwives can provide care to women throughout their lives. Our midwives are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to female healthcare, from birth control to preventive checks and gynecologic concerns. They can prescribe medications, order and interpret laboratory tests, and make referrals to other providers as needed. Ultimately, we offer superior care for women of all ages, at any stage of life.

“I am too high risk to be cared for by a midwife during my pregnancy.”

Every woman can benefit from the personalized, compassionate support of a midwife, even if she works with other medical professionals. Our certified nurse-midwives are trained in pregnancy and birth, so we know when things stray from “the norm.” In that instance, our midwives will work with expert maternal-fetal medicine physicians at Valley Perinatal. Together, they provide comprehensive care to high-risk pregnancy patients. Research from the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health shows medically stable high-risk women cared for by midwives and physicians together have equal or better outcomes than high-risk women cared for by physicians alone.

Clearly, midwifery has transformed in recent decades! The certified nurse-midwives at Desert Blossom Women’s Care want to lay to rest these midwifery myths once and for all. If you’re looking for a prenatal or general women’s care provider, we would love to speak with you about our personalized, high-quality care and services. Learn more about us here.

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