Midwifery Specialist

Reno Maternity Care

Maternal Fetal Medicine & Gynecology located in Reno, NV

Midwifery provides expert advice, support, and reassurance for you at every stage of your pregnancy, through birth, and into the early days of parenthood. At Reno Maternity Care in Reno, Nevada, you can benefit from the expertise and compassion of an experienced, highly qualified CNM (certified nurse midwife) who can provide exceptional care for you and your baby. Call Laura Oki, DNP, CNM, APRN, RN-C today.


What is midwifery?

Midwifery is the practice of helping women during pregnancy and childbirth. The role of midwives is now becoming more widely recognized in the United States, and statistics show that more women are choosing to have a midwife attend the delivery.

There are five different types of midwives:

  • Certified nurse-midwife (CNM)
  • Certified midwife (CM)
  • Certified professional midwife (CPM)
  • Direct-entry midwife
  • Lay midwife

These midwives can all help you in varying ways through your pregnancy and the birthing experience.

What are CNMs and CMs?

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) are both highly-trained health care professionals. They provide care not just during pregnancy and delivery, but for all your women’s health care needs throughout your life. 

CNMs are registered nurses who’ve graduated with a master's degree in nursing and have certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board. CMs aren’t nurses, but have completed a master's degree program and passed a national certification exam with the American Midwifery Certification Board.

CNMs carry the title of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and are able to write prescriptions as long as they maintain their licensing.

What is a CPM?

A certified professional midwife (CPM) has to meet the certification requirements of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). Applicants can qualify for the NARM exam by undertaking an apprenticeship with a qualified midwife and completing a portfolio or by graduating from a Midwifery Education Accreditation Council approved midwifery program.

CPMs monitor your complete physical and mental well-being from the first prenatal exam through to postnatal recovery. They can advise you on whether you need to see an obstetrician and provide individualized education and counseling, as well as prenatal care.

CPMs assist during labor and delivery and support you and your newborn after birth, using natural methods as much as possible

What are DEMs and lay midwives?

DEMs (direct-entry midwives) specialize in home births or deliveries at free-standing birth centers. There isn’t a national certification scheme for DEMs, and licensing requirements can vary.  

Lay midwives have no certification or license, but might have undergone an apprenticeship or self-study program to learn their skills.

How does midwifery differ from obstetrics?

Your obstetrician is responsible for your health and well-being during pregnancy, with a focus on managing any complications that might arise. Your midwife is also responsible for your well-being but focuses on uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancies.

At Reno Maternity Care, they’ve chosen to provide the very highest standard of midwifery services with their own certified nurse-midwife. Your CNM and obstetrician work together to provide you with the best possible care. 

To find out more about the benefits of using a midwife, call Reno Maternity Care today.