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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pap smear?

Pap tests, usually part of a regular pelvic exam, find abnormal cervical cells that may become cancerous or indicate the presence of cancer. Cells are collected from the cervix (the lower, narrow end of the uterus), and placed on a glass slide and sent to a lab for examination. It doesn’t test for human papillomavirus (HPV), although it may detect cellular changes due to HPV. Through regular Pap tests, cervical cancer can be prevented or detected at a very early stage. When the cancer is confined to the cervix, the five-year survival rate is more than 90%.

What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?

A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a nationally certified registered nurse with experience in women’s healthcare. They also have special education, often at the Master’s level, in midwifery.

Where do the Certified Nurse Midwives work?

Although, many people think “home birth” when they hear the word ‘midwife’, most CNMs practice midwifery within a hospital system. This is the case with the CNMs of Chattanooga Center for Women.

Who do CNMs work with?

When needed, CNMs consult and collaborate with other healthcare specialists within the healthcare system. These include the doctors, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and a full array of available specialists. Along with there duties dedicated to the health of our patients, CNMs act as a sort of advocate for the women they work with. They are dedicated to supporting your choices in healthcare by providing you with up-to-date information for making informed decisions. Our midwives are available to guide you through the varying experiences of womanhood.

Suggestions for Morning Sickness

  • Starting from the time when you get up in the morning try to have something in your stomach (ex. crackers – the first minute you wake up).
  • Eat small amounts.
  • May take Dramamine (dimenhydrinate), Vitamin B6 as directed

What are the foods I should avoid during pregnancy?

  • Raw/Undercooked Meats
  • Deli Meat/Cold Cuts
  • Fish (with Mercury)
  • Smoked Seafood
  • Fish Exposed to Industrial Pollutants
  • Raw Shellfish
  • Raw Eggs: (or any foods that contain raw eggs such as some homemade Caesar dressings, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream or custards, and Hollandaise sauces)
  • Soft Cheeses:  Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, Feta, Gorgonzola and Mexican style cheeses that include queso blanco and queso fresco, unless they clearly state that they are made from pasteurized milk.
  • Un-pasteurized Milk
  • Pate (meat spreads)
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Unwashed Vegetables