Certified Nurse Midwives in Honolulu
Every woman’s birthing experience is unique. A nurse-midwife works to provide you and your new child a personalized birthing experience that best reflects your personal, cultural and spiritual beliefs.
- Well-woman physical exams
- Family planning, birth control, contraception services
- Prenatal screening and care
- Postpartum care and breastfeeding support
- Primary care for uncomplicated medical problems (e.g. colds, urinary tract infections).
In addition to delivering babies and helping moms prepare for motherhood, certified nurse-midwives provide comprehensive women’s health care including annual exams, birth-control counseling, menopausal care and primary care.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a certified nurse-midwife?
A person educated in both nursing and midwifery. In contrast to the lay midwife, the nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who has additional education, and training. They graduate from a program approved by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and pass a national certification exam. Licensed by the State Board of Nursing, they must carry professional liability insurance. They take yearly continuing education to maintain their certification.
The certified nurse-midwife does not do home births. They work within the hospital to provide a safe, supportive environment.
Why choose a nurse-midwife?
For thousands of years, midwives have advised and assisted women in health care and childbirth. Certified nurse-midwives carry on this tradition along with advanced education and training. They provide personal family-centered care, taking into account the physical, social, and spiritual needs of each woman and her family. They believe in working closely with patients, providing patient and family education, and helping people to responsible for their health. Over the years, nurse-midwives have held an excellent record of safety and client satisfaction.
What if there are problems?
Nurse-midwives work in collaboration with a physician. In our case, that is Dr. Bhattacharyya. While nurse-midwives believe that childbirth is a normal process for women, they constantly assess any signs of potential problems. They work in a team relationship with Dr. Bhattacharyya and other health professionals so that medical consultation or help is available if needed.
What is the difference between a certified nurse-midwife and a medical doctor?
Nurse-midwives take care of normal women with or without minor complications. When a major complication arises, the midwife will consult with Dr. Bhattacharyya. The patient is then referred to Dr. Bhattacharyya or co-managed by the nurse-midwife and Dr. Bhattacharyya together. Nurse-midwives may be trained to perform a variety of minor operative procedures (episiotomies, and laceration repairs during childbirth, Nexplanon and IUD insertion, minor biopsies, and Cesarean assists).