A woman's health care options during pregnancy are more varied than before. Understanding the choices available and making informed decisions about birth methods can lead to a more positive birth experience.
Certified Nurse Midwife Lisa Van Gerpen is the primary health care provider of Jessie Johnson, who's pregnant with her third child.
Johnson said she chose this alternative birthing option because she wanted to specifically tailor her delivery. National statistics show that soon one in ten babies will be delivered by Certified Nurse Midwives.
Midwives have a long history of delivering babies, but the profession has come a long way. Today Certified Nurse Midwives have additional education and training in women's health care: from pregnancy and delivery, to post-partum care.We're Talking to Certified Nurse Midwives in today's Avera Medical Minute.