A certified nurse midwife, Erica Riordan, MSN, CNM, provides general obstetric and gynecological care for women, as well as contraception counseling and preventive medicine. The Illinois native earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Aurora University in Illinois and received a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on midwifery from Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, Ky. Her experience includes 10 years working as on obstetrics nurse at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. She also was associated with Birth Care Staffing, an agency that assists hospitals in fulfilling specialized nursing needs. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and Midwives Alliance of North America.
Midwifery is a health care profession in which providers offer care to childbearing women during their pregnancy, labor, birth, and during the postpartum period. Obstetrics is the surgical equivalent.
Obstetricians & Gynecologists
Obstetrics is the surgical specialty dealing with the care of women and their children during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. Midwifery is the non-surgical equivalent. Gynecology is the medical practice dealing with the female reproductive system.