West Virginia’s winding mountain roads often become barriers for access to care in the rural nooks and crannies of the state. Many expectant mothers travel an hour or longer for prenatal and delivery services.
Midwifery could play an important role for those living in rural communities.
The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, a nonprofit based in Charleston working to improve perinatal health, reports there are roughly 180 individuals offering prenatal care in the state, including obstetricians, OB/GYNs, family nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives.
Some health care providers believe midwifery could play an important role for those living in rural communities.
But in West Virginia, midwives who aren’t nurses don’t have a way to become licensed.
Angelita Nixon, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife located in Teays Valley, said West Virginia is one of 21 states without a licensure pathway for direct entry midwives…