What is a Midwife?

The Old English meaning of Midwife means “with women”.

Midwives have been traditional natural childbirth providers for centuries. Today’s Midwives are professionally trained and educated practitioners skilled in providing care for women throughout their lifetime. At AkermanMed, our Orange, CA midwifery services can provide care to you during natural childbirth.


There are many types of Midwives: Lay Midwives are not board certified but are trained by apprenticeship. Licensed Midwives, Certified Professional Midwives and Certified Midwives are all licensed professionals with varying training, but mostly attend home births and are not licensed to practice in the hospital setting. Certified Nurse Midwives (like Vicki) are graduate level advanced practice Nurses (Nurse practitioner) with training in Women’s health, prenatal care, intrapartum care and delivery as well as postpartum care.

As part of our Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA midwifery services, Midwives and Doctors work hand and hand. There are different levels of care that we give depending on a patients medical history and what happens in labor. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) can independently care for low risk patients during their pregnancy, delivery and postpartum periods. When risk factors arise, CNMs always have a backup Obstetrician to consult with, co-manage, and in some cases transfer care.  At AkermanMed, Vicki always has Dr. Akerman to support and co-manage when needed for her Orange, CA and/or Santa Ana, CA midwifery services. 

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