The Connecticut Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) represents the approximately 150 Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) practicing in Connecticut. CNMs are advanced practice registered nurses with graduate training in midwifery. We are licensed, independent health care providers with prescriptive authority in all 50 states. CNMs are defined as primary care providers under federal law, and are covered under most insurance plans. Connecticut CNMs practice in a variety of settings including private practices, home birth practices, birth centers, community health centers, hospitals, and as faculty in nursing and midwifery educational programs.
Midwifery practice emphasizes personalized, family-centered care, with a focus on patient education, wellness and prevention. Central to midwifery care is the philosophy that pregnancy, birth, and the transitions through life’s stages are normal events. We advocate for equitable, ethical, accessible quality health care that promotes healing and health, and that respects human dignity, individuality, and diversity among groups. We encourage clients and their partners to be active participants in health care decisions.
Midwives care for women from menarche through menopause, including during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. For the gynecologic client, this includes routine physical exams, pap smears and other preventive screenings, birth control, and the diagnosis and treatment of many gynecologic problems. We work collaboratively with Ob/Gyn physicians to manage certain gynecologic and obstetric complications, and refer to other specialists as needed.
Read more about midwives at https://www.midwife.org/About-the-Midwifery-Profession#:~:text=Midwifery%20as%20practiced%20by%20certified,planning%20services%2C%20including%20preconception%20care.