Navigation Links
Who Should Deliver Your Baby? New Tool Helps Expectant Parents Choose Their Health Care Provider

It’s a common scenario. A pregnant woman, who has carefully examined her options for birth – capturing all her wishes and preferences in a birth plan – realizes that her healthcare provider is not accustomed to providing the kind of care she wants. Her birth plan does not match her provider’s practice style.

Silver Spring, MD (Vocus) December 17, 2009 -- It’s a common scenario. A pregnant woman, who has carefully examined her options for birth – capturing all her wishes and preferences in a birth plan – realizes that her healthcare provider is not accustomed to providing the kind of care she wants. Her birth plan does not match her provider’s practice style.

To help women avoid this frustrating situation, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), with funding from the A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc., has developed an interactive, online quiz,, to help mothers-to-be take the first step toward choosing the best care provider that matches their needs.

A.C.N.M. Foundation Vice President Diana Jolles, CNM, MSN, explains, “There’s so much excitement when a woman is planning to become pregnant or realizes that she is pregnant. We wanted to create an opportunity for a woman to evaluate both her health status and her ideal conditions for birth so she can find a good match for her and her baby.”, asks women for general information about their health status, and helps them explore their preferences in maternity care. Each woman’s answers are then calculated to generate a recommended type of care provider to consider. Answers are not recorded and the quiz is anonymous, so women can explore their options in privacy.

Once women complete the quiz at, they receive:

  • a printable version of their match
  • sample interview questions to ask potential care providers
  • links to information and organizations that help women achieve healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes

“The care provider a woman chooses can have the biggest impact on her birth outcome,” said Jolles. “Obstetricians and midwives both provide vital care to pregnant women and babies, and it is important to understand that they are also different disciplines geared to provide different types of care.”

Many women are unaware that they can choose a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or a certified midwife (CM). “We hope that every woman who is pregnant or thinking about becoming a mother takes the time to review her health care options,” said ACNM President Melissa Avery, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN. “An important part of prenatal care is to look at personal health records, including family history, and choose a provider who can tailor health care that fits the mother-to-be her baby’s needs.”

For help in deciding on a women’s health care provider who can meet your individual needs and help you achieve your goals for safe and healthy birth, take the quiz! Visit For more information about ACNM, visit

About Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives
Certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives care for women throughout the lifespan, from adolescence through menopause and beyond. They provide individualized, woman-centered care. In pregnancy, CNMs and CMs are highly trained to promote healthy pregnancy and birth, and to respond to complications in labor and delivery. Midwives are independent care providers who consult with physicians when appropriate to offer women the full spectrum of care.

About the American College of Nurse-Midwives
With roots dating to 1929, the American College of Nurse-Midwives is the oldest women's health care association in the U.S. ACNM's mission is to promote the health and well-being of women and newborns within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. Midwives believe every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations. More information about ACNM can be found at

8403 Colesville Road, Ste. 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374 • Phone: (240) 485-1800 • Fax: (240) 485-1818 •

# # #

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Patients With Pacemakers Should Avoid MRI Scans
2. Shoulder Repair Technique Borrows From Cadavers
3. Repeat of Fire Tragedy in Chicago High-Rise Should Have Been Prevented
4. SIRIUS XM to Broadcast Doctor Radio Reports: Kids and Video Games - What You Should Know Before You Buy
5. USPSTF Mammography Recommendations Should Be Specifically Excluded From Health Care Reform Legislation
6. OTZ Announces 2010 Frozen Shoulder Syndrome Seminar Schedule
7. Women Should Ignore New Mammogram Guideline, Ex-NIH Chief Says
8. Findings that should speed the development of drugs for Parkinsons disease
9. People who believe their homes or buildings contain Chinese drywall should immediately contact an attorney, says Chinese Drywall Attorney Alliance
10. Red Reflex Vision Exam Should Be Given to All Newborns, Report Recommends
11. When should flu trigger a school shutdown?
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Who Should Deliver Your Baby? New Tool Helps Expectant Parents Choose Their Health Care Provider
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... District , the only authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center headquartered in Northern ... protecting their workers from extreme heat at their worksites. Employers with workers ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their media with growing colorful ... Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Color brings the ... can now reveal the media of their split screens with growing colorful panels. , ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... announced today its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. This new relationship ... of the Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader providing predictive analytics to ... technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers with ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... A revolution is ... emergency ambulance transport experience for the millions of people who require these medical ... the taxi industry through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS has put forth ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical ... the "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical devices ... , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan ... "Hongyuan Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to develop ... the strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... India , June 24, 2016 ... Needles Market by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen ... Therapy (Insulin, GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, ... by MarketsandMarkets, This report studies the market for the ... expected to reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in ... durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has ... is led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel ... investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization ... release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: