About the Midwife/Family Nurse Practitioner
Linda Alford, RN, MSN, CNM, FNP

I am a mother of 6, and grandmother of 14.  I have a Master's degree in nursing from Case Western University.  I am a Certified Nurse Midwife and a Family Nurse Practitioner.  I have over 40 years experience in Nursing and have delivered over 400 babies - some in the hospital, some in a birth center, and some at home.  I do not currently have hospital privileges, but I do have "arrangements" with M.D's for collaboration and/or transport when needed.

My mission is to serve as "guardian at the gate".  I want to advise and support women throughout the cycles of life, building a sense of community among my clients and their families.  The Blessed Care Clinic is open to provide women with a place of refuge, a meeting place, a place to bring forth their babies in comfort and joy. 

What is an FNP?
A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is a nurse who has special training in the health care of families.  FNPs are trained to diagnose and treat illnesses, and can prescribe medications (excluding narcotics) with M.D. collaboration.  They must pass a national certification exam, show proof of continuing education, and practice within guidelines established by the State Board of Nursing.

What is a CNM?
A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a Registered Nurse with special training in Gynecology and Obstetrics who has taken and passed a national certification test after graduation from an accredited school.  Some CNMs hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in addition to certification.  CNMs are part of the healthcare system and they are trained to provide the following services:

  • Well woman care
  • Prenatal care
  • Post-partum care
  • Assist women in the delivery of their babies
  • Collaborate, co-manage, and refer clients to physicians for care when appropriate.

A CNM promotes health maintenance, using a variety of modalities to achieve the goal.