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Certified Nurse Midwives Specialist

Premier Women's Care of Southwest Florida -  - OB/GYN

Premier Women's Care of Southwest Florida

OB/GYNs located in Cape Coral, FL & Fort Myers, FL

Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) provide a full spectrum of care for women, including family planning, preconception planning, gynecologic care, prenatal care including delivery and postpartum care, in addition to helping women through the perimenopause and menopause. Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida is a full-service OB/GYN practice that includes a team of certified nurse midwives. Theresa Buckley, CNM, Diane Byrd, CNM, and Heidi Zielinski, CNM, not only support your physical well-being throughout the many stages of your life, but also your emotional well-being. To schedule a consultation with a certified nurse midwife, call the office in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or Lehigh Acres, Florida, or book a consultation online.

Certified Nurse Midwives Q & A

What are certified nurse midwives?

At Premier Women’s Care, our midwives began their professional career in nursing.  Needless to say, caring for patients is in their nature. After their career as a registered nurse, they  furthered their education to become a nurse practitioner from a fully accredited program, and finally specialized in women’s health. Just as physicians do, our certified nurse midwives need to maintain their certification through lifelong learning requirements.

What can certified nurse midwives do?

Like the physicians at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, the certified nurse midwives provide a full spectrum of gynecological services.

This includes:

  • Annual well-woman exam
  • Family planning including choosing the right birth control method
  • Management of gynecologic issues like heavy periods, pelvic pain, or ovarian cysts
  • Preconception care
  • Prenatal care
  • Labor and delivery
  • Postpartum care
  • Perimenopausal care
  • Menopausal care including managing the symptoms of menopause

The team of certified nurse midwives at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida has the training to recognize serious obstetrical problems that may develop during pregnancy in addition to serious gynecologic problems that may require a physician’s care including treatment by surgery. They work closely with our doctors to ensure you get the comprehensive care you need. 

Why should I choose a certified nurse midwife as a provider?

When it comes to choosing a provider to manage your overall health and pregnancy, you have many options, especially with Premier Women’s Care.  Using a midwife for your obstetrical and gynecologic care is growing in popularity. If you have a low-risk pregnancy, then you are an ideal candidate to choose a midwife. However, our highly trained and experienced midwives are able to recognize and care for high-risk pregnancies as well. 

Our midwives are also fully trained and experienced in gynecologic problems as well.  They can counsel women regarding the many options to treat gynecologic problems, and if a surgical option is chosen, then our midwives will recommend a physician for the patient to connect with.

Our midwives typically see less patients during the day than physicians.  This allows them to perhaps spend a little more time with patients during their visits, however every provider whether physician or midwife will certainly ensure that women have the opportunity to ask questions and learn all that is needed to know about their care.

How do certified nurse midwives manage pregnancy?

Just like the physicians in Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, the certified nurse midwives at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida also take an individualized approach to care. How your certified nurse midwife manages your pregnancy depends on your needs and personal preferences.

Following the recommendations from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, our midwives deliver their patients in a hosptial, Cape Coral Hospital- Family Birth Suites. At Cape Coral Hospital, every tool a woman needs to have a natural birth is available.  This includes a large soaking tub, peanut and yoga balls, aromatherapy, and more all within a maternity unit designed for family-centered care. At Cape Coral Hospital Family Birth Suites the goal is to complete normal childbearing experiences in a home-like room, called an LDRP. Our patients stay in this room for the duration of their stay while in Labor, Delivery, Recovery, or the Postpartum period.  The rooms are large enough to comfortably accommodate the patient’s support partner and the newborn as well.  The purpose of these rooms is to give the new family a chance to get comfortable and connect with each other while adjusting to the new changes a baby brings.

In general, our midwives provide outstanding prenatal care, under the supervision of our physicians, and talk to you about what to expect every step of the way. During labor and delivery, they serve as your coach and support system and keep a watchful eye on the process, reserving interventions and technology only when absolutely necessary.

To schedule a consultation with one of our certified nurse midwives at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, call 239-574-2229 or book online today.

Theresa Buckley, CNM

Diane Byrd, CNM

Heidi Zielinski, CNM, MS