In 1989, Georgia governor Joe Frank Harris issued a proclamation for “Nurse Midwife Week” to recognize midwives in the state of Georgia. Since then, Georgia midwives have increased in number and in deliveries attended. In fact, a proportion of CNM/CM attended births has risen almost yearly since 1989. As of 2015, there were 501 licensed CNMs in Georgia. The latest available birth data (from 2013) shows that #GeorgiaMidwives attended ~ 14% of all births. #MidwivesMakeADifference #NatMW16
Why choose a midwife for your health care?
Midwifery care is associated with lower rates of cesarean sections, labor induction or augmentation, 3rd/4th degree perineal tears and use of regional anesthesia. Higher breastfeeding rates have been associated with midwifery care.
Women receiving care from midwives tend to have prenatal education with a focus on health promotion, receive a hands-on approach and experience a closer, supportive relationship to their provider during labor and delivery.
Midwives are leaders in health care reform, we lower the number of unnecessary interventions, lower the costs related to health care and increase access to health care. Additionally, research has shown an increase in patient satisfaction with their care when care is provided by midwives.
Not pregnant? No problem! You can still received the compassionate, attentive and woman-centered care as midwives are certified and qualified to provide primary care throughout your lifespan!
(“Midwifery: Evidence-based Practice. A Summary of Research on Midwifery Practice in the U.S.”. ACNM. Revised in 2012. http://www.midwife.org/acnm/files/cclibraryfiles/filename/000000002128/midwifery%20evidence-based%20practice%20issue%20brief%20finalmay%202012.pdf)