EPFMC Nurse-Midwives Answer Questions From Expectant Mothers About Hospital Delivery
Los Angeles - The certified nurse-midwives (CNM) of Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center (EPFMC) announce a new website page that answers frequently asked questions from expectant mothers about midwife-assisted hospital deliveries.
Many pregnant women are not aware that they can have their baby delivered by a midwife in a hospital. Certified nurse-midwives are nurses who have completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a post-graduate degree in nurse-midwifery practice. They then must pass a national certification examination to become certified.
After surveying their team, the EPFMC nurse-midwives identified and answered the top 18 questions posed most often by their patients about midwife hospital deliveries. They include questions on birth plans, vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC), prenatal visits, pain relief during labor, what happens at the hospital, who delivers the baby, and how midwives assist new mothers with postpartum care. The nurse-midwife team at EPFMC delivers babies at the California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles.
These nurse-midwives are also VBAC specialists. They have received national recognition for their success rate with women who are considered good candidates for vaginal birth after previous deliveries by c-section. As recipients of the Best Practice distinction from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), EPFMC’s nurse-midwives were recognized for lowest rate of primary cesarean section, lowest rate of epidural use, lowest rate of 5-minute infant Apgars below 7, and the lowest rate of NICU admissions among practices of a similar size.
According to Elizabeth Jenkins, MPH, CNM, Director of the EPFMC Midwifery Program, there are many benefits to VBAC: “Faster time to heal, shorter hospital stay, reduced risk of infection or hemorrhage, less risk of breathing problems in the infant and a quicker return to normal activities are just a few of the benefits.”
Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center specializes in providing medical care to uninsured and undersinsured families in downtown and South Los Angeles. They offer comprehensive prenatal care, including the services of certified nurse-midwives. The EPFMC nurse-midwives FAQs webpage, in which they answer questions about hospital delivery with a midwife, is live now.
- Contact Information
- Cheryl Trinidad
- Director of Development
- Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
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