The “medical assistant” profession has been on the rise for a long time, but is now having a moment in the spotlight, thanks to the birth of midwives in the United States.
These highly trained midwives are the ones providing primary care for the rest of us, and they can make any medical care more efficient, safer and more efficient than ever before.
But how did this new midwife become the de facto health care professional in the first place?
In the first episode of my new podcast, I interview two physicians who are the primary care providers of midwife-directed births in the U.S. This episode is a great listen, but you should definitely listen to this podcast first.
If you are a healthcare professional and have ever been told you should be a nurse or a midwife or a certified nurse midwife (CNM), this episode is for you.
Dr. Amy A. Cuddy is the director of medical education for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Dr, Cuddy explains how midwives came to be the primary health care providers in the nation.
The first midwives were doctors.
At the turn of the century, they were already trained in obstetrics and gynecology, and could diagnose, treat, and treat patients in the field of obstetric medicine and gynaecology.
After the birth, they could have a lot more time with their patients.
These physicians, though, wanted to become more than doctors.
They wanted to provide care for people who had been left behind by modern medicine.
They were looking for new ways to help people get back on their feet.
In their mind, the first thing a midwives needed was a license, which they obtained by applying to a license-granting school, where they could become doctors.
As doctors, midwives would be required to go to college, and be able to practice in hospitals and outpatient clinics.
They could have some autonomy.
But they needed to gain certification in obstetric medicine and/or gynaepidemiology.
What that meant was that midwives would have to obtain a license to practice obstetrictrics and/ or gynecological medicine, which would allow them to practice for themselves and other doctors.
In addition, they would have the opportunity to become certified in midwifery and obstetrodgy.
According to the ACOG, this was an important step in the development of the profession: “The physician is the ultimate caretaker, providing the basic support, medical and clinical care for all health-care needs in a patient’s hospital setting.”
These midwives became a small and very influential group.
Today, they have the highest level of credentials and training in obstetry and gynecol.
Midwives are a growing group, and their work is valued by physicians and hospitals alike.
As Dr. Cushy says, midwife education and training have become a valuable part of the training and credentialing of the physician-patient relationship.
When it comes to the care of people who are left behind in the modern medical world, midwatchers are doing the best they can to get them back on track.
For more information about midwives, please visit: http://www.acog.org/newsroom/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Midwatcher-Healthcare-Education-Training.pdf