It’s a common misperception that the only people who need intermittent catheters either have paralysis or some sort of bladder condition, but that’s not always the case. Catheters are often used by medical professionals during surgery or during times when patients are on bed-rest.
Intermittent catheterization is also occasionally used in labor and immediate postpartum when certain circumstances prevent a woman from emptying her own bladder.
Medical Supplies and Midwifery in the U.S.
Often, in a hospital setting, nurses and doctors don’t necessarily get to choose the brand of catheters or other medical supplies they have available for their patients. Many midwives, however, have the ability to decide exactly what medical supplies they’ll keep on-hand for assistance during their births.
There are several types of midwives that practice in the U.S. Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) are licensed, independent health care providers with prescriptive authority in all 50 states, D.C., American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico. CNMs are defined as primary care providers under federal law and many practice in a hospital setting.
According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, as of August 2017, there were 11,826 certified nurse midwives and 101 certified midwives. In 2014, CNMs/CMs attended 332,107 births. (Source: www.midwife.org)
A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), though, is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings. Most CPMs own or work in private home or birth center-based practices throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Providing continuous care for women throughout their childbearing cycle, CPMs generally carry a relatively low client load (averaging 3-6 births per month) which allows for more personalized and comprehensive care than typical obstetrical practices. (Source: www.narm.org)
Intermittent Catheters: Key Part of a Midwife’s Toolkit
While many midwives may have more options when it comes to the medical supplies they use, people often don’t even realize there are other options available than the brand they’ve always been using. Even people who use intermittent catheters on a daily basis don’t always know that all catheters are not created equal.
That’s why Heather Rische, CPM, was thrilled to discover Cure Catheters® as an alternative to the brand she previously used. Rische, a New Mexico native, has been a licensed midwife for 15 years and has delivered hundreds of babies in mostly home-based settings.
She says, ”The benefits I see with Cure catheters for the home birth community and really all birthing people is the lowered chemical exposure to known carcinogens plus more comfortable cathing for our clients. Midwives and their clients prefer to leave birth as undisturbed as possible.”
Heather continues, “We know that any intervention can get in the way of the natural process of labor, and when we do intervene, we want to be as gentle and unobtrusive as possible. We understand that the smallest intervention can throw off the course of labor, but of course, the inability to empty one’s bladder will also throw off the course of labor, and can actually make it less safe.”
“The increased comfort offered by Cure Catheters® will make it less likely to cause a significant disruption in the work of labor. I like that their smooth eyelets on ready-to-use catheters can contribute to decreased irritation, risk of inflammation and even a lower risk of infection of the urinary tract,” Heather continues. “I’m looking forward to adding Cure catheters to my birth kit!”
If you’d like to try a Cure like Heather did, request free samples of the Cure Ultra® Ready-to-Use Catheter for women or any Cure Medical catheter. Simply contact your local distributor of quality healthcare products, or click here.
From comfort to cost, here are more several reasons why we believe Cure Medical catheters are a perfect option for midwives and other independent medical professionals.
For Holistic Health: Cure Catheters are not Made with Scary Chemicals
Many women who choose to have a home birth lead a holistic lifestyle. Often, natural treatments and reduced toxins are already of great importance to patients working with a midwife. In such a hectic time, most people wouldn’t think to question what a catheter would be made of, should they need one during the birthing process.
When midwives choose Cure catheters, both the practitioner and her clients can rest at ease. Cure catheters are never made with DEHP or DINP, two chemicals that are known to the state of California to cause cancer and/or sterilization in men.
Read more about the dangers of DEHP here.
Cure catheters are also not made with BPA or natural rubber latex.
Improved Comfort During Intermittent Catheterization
When a woman is giving birth at home, an epidural is not an option, which means that she has full sensation throughout labor. The birthing process is painful enough, so why add extra discomfort with rough eyelets on catheters?
Midwives should take the Cure Touch Test™ and compare the eyelets on the catheters they currently use versus Cure Catheter® eyelets. You can see and feel the difference!Every Cure Medical catheter has polished, smooth eyelets, and are made specifically with your client’s comfort in mind.
Ready-to-use Cure catheters like the Cure Ultra® for Women are also available that are pre-lubricated. Pre-lubricated Cure catheters help reduce the risk of contamination as you won’t need to touch the end of the catheter in order to prepare it for use.
A Variety of Product Options for Midwives and their Clients
At Cure, we manufacture a variety of catheters styles and lengths. From a completely enclosed pocket-size product, to extra-long catheters that are 25-inches in length, to closed systems for easy disposal, we have all your needs covered. You’ll also discover that the price is right for Cure catheters, with quality-made products available at reimbursement-friendly costs.
Learn more about the different features of Cure catheters here.
Your Choice of Catheter Makes a Healthy Difference
It’s always nice when we can use our buying power to make a positive difference. When you choose a Cure, you can do just that.
Cure Medical donates 10% of net income to research for a cure for urinary retention, paralysis and central nervous system disorders. As a result, using any Cure Medical product helps contribute to a brighter future. We call it the Cure Commitment.
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