By Susan Hudson, MSN, CNM, Owner of Wellspring Women’s Health
The first time I heard of midwifery, I was a biologist at CWRU. When my friend suggested a midwife for our birth, I smugly told him that we would NOT be having the baby in the back yard. Now just look at me!
In 2008, the Cochrane Collaboration, a group that is internationally recognized for providing high quality information about effective health care, stated that, “All women should be offered midwife-led models of care and women should be encouraged to ask for this option.” But what the heck is it?
Nurse midwifery started in the early 1900s as an evolution to improve maternal and child health in the U.S. At that time, almost 50% of babies were born in the hands of midwives.
Since that time, many nursing schools have started programs for midwifery. Those graduating from these programs are Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and they have training in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery program without a degree in nursing.
CNMs care for all of your health needs. They can help you with contraceptive choices, gynecologic health, family planning and counseling, problem visits, teen health and more. As specialists in women’s wellness, they can help you with questions about nutritional health exercise, hormones, and frankly, anything else that may affect your health.
WellSpRing Women’s Health is a midwife owned midwifery service that employs CNMs, providing Safety, Privacy, and Respect to women across the lifespan. At WellSPRing, as at any midwifery practice, a woman is a partner in her care. As partners in her care, we listen to her, guide her, and advocate for her.
We know that the road to wellness is hard to travel today. We solidly believe that when the road is traveled together, the journey seems shorter. It is our hope that we can make every journey smooth and quick. We aspire to be a partner in care. We are honored for the opportunity.