Obstetrics (from the Latin obstare, “to stand by”) is the care of women’s reproductive systems during pregnancy (prenatal period), childbirth and the postpartum period.
Dr. Keith Davis is board certified in Family Medicine and has delivered hundreds of babies for women from all around South-Central Idaho.
Nurse-midwives were introduced in the United States in 1925 by Mary Breckinridge for use in the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS). Breckinridge chose the nurse-midwifery model used in England and Scotland because she expected these nurse-midwives on horseback to serve the health care needs of the families living in the remote hills of eastern Kentucky. This combination of nurse and midwife was very successful.
- Certified Nurse-Midwife
- Prenatal Care
- Postpartum Care
- Diet Consultation
- Wellness Visits
- Fetal Ultrasound
- Physician Office Laboratory
Midwives are mentioned in the Book of Genesis. The Bible also describes how the children of Israel (Hebrews) were enslaved in Egypt and they multiplied greatly. The Egyptians became fearful of the potential power of so many Hebrews. Pharaoh, commanded the Hebrew midwives to kill all male babies delivered to the Hebrew women. The midwives, however, “feared God” and disobeyed Pharaoh by allowing the male babies to live.
In the United States, Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are licensed in to practice in all fifty states. CNMs have education in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery. Most states now require CNMs to have a Masters Degree. Midwife means “with woman”. Nurse-midwives provide care throughout a woman’s lifetime. They provide wellness exams, family planning, menopausal care and pap smears, as well as maternity and infant care. A CNM can practice in a private clinic, hospital or a public clinic. They can deliver babies in hospitals, birth centers or at home. Midwives, with women for a lifetime.