Certified Nurse-Midwives in Dulles, Virginia
At StoneSprings Hospital we understand that every pregnancy is special and unique. Each expectant mother has their own needs and preferences for maternity care and childbirth, which is why we offer midwifery care and delivery support.
For more information about our midwifery services or for help finding a Certified Nurse-Midwife, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM)
CNMs are licensed, independent health care providers with prescriptive authority. They are educated in both advanced nursing and midwifery. To be certified they must earn a graduate degree, complete an accredited midwifery program, and pass a national certification exam administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board.
Midwifery encompasses a full-range of women’s services, from well-woman gynecologic care to problem visits to menopause management. This includes care during pregnancy, child birth, and postpartum. Midwives assess, diagnosis and treat patients; conduct physical exams; prescribe medications; order and interpret lab and diagnostic tests; and admit manage and discharge patients.
Choosing midwifery for your maternal care
The midwife mindset views pregnancy as a normal, healthy process for women. Care during pregnancy and child birth is focused on education and shared decision making, as well as evidence-based care.
Midwifery for labor and delivery is sometimes referred to as low-intervention or alternative care. Our maternity midwifery program includes:
- Freedom of movement for optimal positioning
- Hydrotherapy with labor tubs
- Immediate skin-to-skin contact for mother and baby
- Delayed cord clamping
- Family-centered care with postpartum rooming-in
- Lactation support
Midwifery frequently asked questions
What is the difference between a midwife and an OB/GYN?
Both midwives and OB/GYNs focus solely on your health and that of your baby. Midwives and obstetricians are equally capable of providing a quality experience and outcome.
OB/GYNs generally have a four-year medical degree that they have completed following an undergraduate program. They have performed a four-year residency program and many elect to partake in a specialized fellowship program. Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) are highly trained and have earned their registered nursing degrees and/or bachelor’s degree in addition to a master’s degrees in midwifery.
Who can use a midwife?
The CNMs at StoneSpring Hospital are available for most expectant mothers. CNMs will work with your other healthcare providers to co-manage high risk conditions.
What if I need to be induced or decide I want pain medication?
CNMs are able to provide induction services or augmentation of labor if necessary. The midwives at StoneSpring Hospital know that every labor experience is unique, and support patients regardless of their pain management choices.
What happens if I am using a midwife but have a complication during my birth?
If you experience an unexpected complication, your CNM will work with an OB/GYN to ensure the safe delivery of your baby. Our midwives remain with their patients even if there is a need for medical intervention.
Are there any times when a midwife is not available?
No, at StoneSprings Hospital our midwifery care is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Midwifery at HCA Virginia
Midwives are professionals who aid in the processes of labor, delivery and postpartum care. Midwifery minimizes the level of medical intervention during pregnancy and delivery. Midwives can be present during a hospital delivery.Learn about Midwifery