What is a midwife?
A midwife is a trained professional with particular expertise in assisting women to achieve healthy pregnancies and satisfying births. A midwife offers individualized care, education, and support to childbearing families.
A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a midwife who has met the requirements for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is experienced in out-of-hospital birth care.
Do you attend VBACs?
Yes! I am passionate about supporting women on their journey to VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean section). Many expectant moms are frustrated to realize that their hospital or care provider of choice refuses to provide VBAC services. It’s important to have a care provider who understands the physical and emotional challenges unique to you as a VBAC mom. You can find more information by here. I
May I eat and drink during labor? Do I have to stay in bed?
It is your home and your birth and you decide what you will do. My role as a midwife is to facilitate the physiological birth process and I encourage women to remain hydrated and nourished in labor. Labor is hard work and requires a lot of energy. I also encourage women to remain mobile, as movement and the assistance of gravity facilitate the normal progression of labor.
What happens after the birth?
Immediately following birth, your baby is placed on your abdomen for bonding and skin-to-skin contact. You will not be separated from your baby. Dads often enjoy cutting the cord and I encourage fathers to be as involved as possible in the birth process. We give the baby a bath and a full newborn examination, help mom get cleaned up, and assist in initiating breastfeeding before we leave.
A comprehensive assessment of the newborn’s and mom’s wellbeing is done at each postpartum visit, including breastfeeding assessment and weight checks.
How do I get in touch with my midwife after hours?
I am on call for urgent needs 24 hours a day and provide clients with my cell phone number. For non-emergency situations, please call between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. I may also be contacted via email me for non-urgent matters.
What are the benefits of midwifery care?
• Personal attention—prenatal visits that allow plenty of time for questions (appointments often last 30-60 minutes)
• Gentle, nurturing care that respects you and your family
• Freedom to eat, drink, and remain mobile in labor
• Natural childbirth, individualized care, and respectful privacy
• A care provider who stays with you throughout pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum
• Immediate and continuing interaction with your baby after birth
Is home birth safe?
Several studies have demonstrated that for healthy women with qualified midwives in attendance, home birth and hospital birth offer a similar level of risk, though home birth offers a significantly lower rate of intervention. A study published by the British Medical Journal documented the outcomes of over 5400 women who planned to deliver at home with Certified Professional Midwives. The BMJ concluded that “planned home birth by low-risk women in North America using Certified Professional Midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low-risk hospital births in the United States.”
Is home birth legal?
Midwifery legislation varies from state to state. In 1996, the Kansas State Supreme Court declared that “the practice of midwifery is separate and distinct from the practice of medicine. The practice of midwifery is not incident to the practice of medicine or surgery so that it becomes a part of the healing arts by the application of K.S.A. 65-2869.” And further, “pregnancy and childbirth do not constitute changes in the normal health process, but the continuation of it” and “assistance in childbirth rendered by one whose practical experience with birthing provides comfort to the mother is not nursing under the Kansas Nursing Act.”
If you have questions not addressed here, please drop me an email or call me. I will also be happy to meet with you for a consultation visit.