What is a CNM & ND?
Certified nurse midwife
Sometimes birth leads us to the very edge of ourselves and then asks us to jump.
CNMs or certified nurse midwives are primary care providers as Nurse Practitioners specializing in midwifery; they are licensed to attend birth in a variety of settings including hospital, birth center and home in all 50 states. They have received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in midwifery at an accredited college or university. They have also met the standards set by requirements of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. They have the widest scope of practice of all midwives and international recognition as leaders in midwifery.
Naturopathic doctor midwife
ND midwives are naturopathic doctors who have specialty certification in natural childbirth. They are licensed as primary care physicians who address the underlying cause of disease through effective, individualized natural remedies that integrate the healing powers of body, mind and spirit.
Naturopaths provide care for the whole family, using alternative modalities such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, physical medicine and hydrotherapy. They have a bachelor’s degree and then have graduated from a four-year naturopathic medical school with additional studies and apprenticeship in midwifery.