What is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)?

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are licensed healthcare practitioners educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery and are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. They provide primary healthcare to women of childbearing age including: prenatal care, labor and delivery care, care after birth, gynecological exams, newborn care, assistance with family planning decisions, preconception care, menopausal management and counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention.

CNMs attend almost 8 percent of the births in the United States. 96 percent of these births are in hospitals.

Do you only see pregnant women?

No! We see women throughout the lifespan. We provide well-woman exams, STI testing, birth control counseling, and provide primary care for the entire family; men, women and children.

Is a birth center safe?

The National Birth Center Study II published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health in January 2013 provides clear evidence that birth center birth is a safe and satisfying alternative to hospital birth for healthy low-risk women.

When compared to conventional settings, hospital-based alternative birth settings are associated with increased likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth, reduced medical interventions and increased maternal satisfaction.

Midwives at birth centers consult with doctors and transfer their patients to the hospital when necessary.

For more information about birth centers and midwifery, we encourage you to visit the American Association of Birth Centers and American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Do you accept all forms of insurance?

Yes! We accept most private insurance and all TennCare and CoverKids.

Do you have a self-pay program for those without insurance or with high deductables?

Yes, we offer payment plans that will fit with your budget.

Do you have doulas?

Yes! We offer the service of a Doula with every Birth Center birth upon request.  Patients are also welcome to bring their own private doula.

Do you provide childbirth education classes?

At the present time we do not offer Childbirth Education Classes.  We are hoping to have that available in the near future.

Can I eat and drink during labor?

At the birth center, our patients are encouraged to take in oral fluids to remain hydrated during the work of labor. Most women in labor do not want to eat, but many women are able to eat at our facility, if desired. Most women do not receive IV fluids in labor and the postpartum period at the birth center (common exceptions include: women who are GBS positive, very nauseous, or have heavy bleeding), but IV's are available, if desired or needed.

Is there a limit on my friends and family during labor?

We encourage our patients to gather the support group of their choice. We do not set absolute limits, but reserving the right to make recommendations in the event of stalled labor progress or discomfort of the laboring woman.

Call Us:  423-442-6624

3459 New Hwy. 68 P.O. Box 115 Madisonville, TN 37354
Phone: 423-442-6624 • 800-440-3385 • Fax: 423-442-5746

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