Midwifery Care

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What is a midwife?

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are advanced-practice registered nurses who have completed a Graduate Degree in Midwifery and have passed a national licensing exam.  In addition to being experts in pregnancy and birth, they are also primary care providers who specialize in the health needs of women throughout their lifespan.

Do midwives only provide care to expectant mothers?

No. In addition to attending births, midwives also provide reproductive care, annual exams, basic nutritional counseling, write prescriptions, and provide patient education. Midwives provide care that transcends all stages of life, from adolescence through menopause and beyond.

Can I receive midwifery care at the hospital?

Yes. The vast majority of births attended by CNM’s are hospital births. Midwives are independent healthcare providers who commonly work with a partner or within a group practice of physicians and midwives to accommodate an on-call schedule to care for women during labor and birth. Midwives at Southampton Hospital work collaboratively with obstetricians and gynecologists to provide individualized care for women.

Is care from a midwife covered by insurance?

Yes. All women are entitled to receive Midwifery Services through their insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. Call your insurance provider to confirm.  

For more information, please call 631-283-0918 or visit ourmomentoftruth.midwife.org.

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