Sometimes I'm asked what the benefits of using a nurse-midwife are.... While I respect and honor midwives from all paths of education and apprenticeship, I thought I would fill you in on some benefits of my licensure/advanced education:
Lower transfer rate to the hospital related to fewer legal requirements for transfer when compared with licensed midwives in the state of Florida. For example: More leeway with ruptured membranes and post-dates pregnancies. More is left up to my practice protocols and clinical judgement and less to the state's arbitrary rules (many of which I disagree with).
Ability to prescribe medications if needed. While I respect and honor natural and herbal remedies, sometimes Western medicine pharmaceuticals are useful tools as well. This is helpful if you have hyperemesis, bacterial urine infections, mastitis, hypothyroidism, etc.
Ability to prescribe controlled substances if needed. This is useful for severe pain due to kidney stones, gallstones, or prolonged early labor-when someone really needs a nap.
Ability to treat mood disorders like anxiety and depression in the perinatal period if needed. You deserve to be happy, and your baby deserves a healthy, happy parent.
More training on complications and how to manage them during pregnancy.
Ability to provide full-service gynecological care for the lifetime.