Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are licensed health care providers educated in nursing and midwifery. Certified midwives (CMs) are licensed health care providers educated in midwifery. CNMs and CMs have graduated from college; they have passed a national examination; and they have a licence to practice midwifery from the state they live in. Most of the midwives in the United States are CNMs or CMs. Emily Tarazi is a CNM and has privileges to take care of women at Banner University Medical Center as well as at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix.
What Do Midwives Do?
In the United States, CNMs/CMs help over 300,000 women give birth each year. Most of these births are in hospitals. Some CNMs/CMs also care for women who decide to have their baby in freestanding birth centers and/or at home. CNMs/CMs provide health care to women all through life, including: prenatal care, birth, care after birth, care for the new baby, annual exams, birth control planning, menopause, and health counseling.
Why Would I Choose a Midwife for Care During My Pregnancy?
Midwives are experts in knowing the difference between normal changes that occur during pregnancy and symptoms that require extra attention. CNMs/CMs believe you need time and special attention so you can be healthy and able to take care of your baby. Midwives specialize in providing support, regular health care, and in helping you get any additional care needed.
What if I Have a “high-risk” Pregnancy or Complication During Labor?
If you have a medical problem during pregnancy or complication during labor, your midwife will work with a doctor to make sure you get the best and safest care for you and your baby. Your midwife will also work with other health care providers: nurses, social workers, nutritionists, doulas, childbirth educators, physical therapists, and other specialists to help you get the care you need. Your CNM/CM is trained to treat common illness that you might get during pregnancy.
What if I Want Pain Medicine During Labor?
Midwife means “with woman.” Your midwife will be with you during your labor and birth to give you the support and information you need. If you decide you want pain medicine during labor, your midwife can help you decide what is right for you and help you meet your needs.
Should I See a Midwife if I am Not Pregnant?
Many women go to their CNM or CM for annual check ups, family planning, and to get care for common infections that happen to women. For example, your midwife can answer questions about all the methods of birth control and staying healthy when not pregnant.
Emily Tarazi CNM is is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She received her Master of Science degree in nurse-midwifery and women’s health from Ohio State University. She also enjoys providing care as a board-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She particularly enjoys counseling women on contraceptive options and how to achieve optimal health through nutrition and movement.
Emily has backgrounds in writing and education. She loves reading, running, dark chocolate, cooking, and the ocean. In her free time, she spends time with her husband, three daughters, and needy cat, and she enjoys volunteering as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She is thrilled to make her home in sunny Phoenix and is honored to join Central Phoenix Ob/Gyn.