Midwives & Their Role in Your Pregnancy

What does a midwife do?

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) offer primary care for women across the lifespan from adolescence beyond menopause with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic health.


A Certified Nurse-Midwife provides personalized, safe care to women, as well as health and wellness education and counseling. CNMs are independent health care providers who work closely with other members of a patient’s health care team. Close attention is paid to a woman’s individualized needs and plans of care, based on research and evidence, are developed together. CNMs utilize alternative tools (water labor, aromatherapy, birth balls) to support women during labor and birth.

The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to two of Colorado’s top regional nurse-midwifery practices:

The Center for Midwifery (CFM)

The University Nurse Midwives (UNM)

Our midwives provide care during the following birthing methods:

  • Vaginal Birth
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) – A vaginal birth for women who have had a prior C-section birth.
  • Water Birth - A birthing tool where labor and birth happens in a warm pool of water. This method is available for carefully chosen, low-risk women at The Center for Midwifery.