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Midwife FAQ

What type of education do midwives have?

All Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) have a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing and are registered nurses, who have received further education and clinical expertise in graduate or doctoral programs. All CNMs must pass a national certification exam through the American Midwifery Certification Board. See more at

Where are the babies delivered?

The McFarland Clinic Certified Nurse Midwives deliver the babies at Mary Greeley Medical Center. The midwives deliver at the hospital and collaborate with OB/GYNs should any problems arise that require further medical intervention, including instrument assisted deliveries or cesarean sections. We can also refer patients out of our practice if they have medical issues beyond our scope of practice, including high risk pregnancies or patients with uncontrolled chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Do midwives only see pregnant patients?

We see females from adolescence through menopause and beyond. Our most common reasons for visits are prenatal exams, annual exams, pap smears, contraceptive counseling, sexually-transmitted infection (STD) testing, gynecologic problems and minor primary care problems.

Do midwives allow patients to have an epidural or pain medication during labor?

Our primary goal is to support the type of birth experience you are hoping for while keeping you and your baby safe. You can choose from a variety of options while under the care of your midwife including massage, counter pressure techniques, positional assistance, shower/tub availability, as well as IV pain medication and epidurals.

Why should I choose a midwife?

The modern-day CNMs pride themselves on providing personalized, holistic care. We provide longer appointment times than the average provider, with the hopes of getting to know our patients on a more personal level. When a patient is in labor, we arrive earlier in the labor process to assist you through it while trying to give you the experience you and your family desire. If problems do arise that may require an instrument assisted or surgical birth, our collaborating OB/GYNs will assist alongside us to provide the safest delivery for you and your baby.

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