Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. They are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care that is utilized in all of the countries of the world with the best maternal and infant outcomes such as The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada. Midwives may practice in private homes, clinics, birth centers, and hospitals. In most countries, midwives are primary health care providers and the central pillar in maternity care and women’s health care. However, slightly more than 10% of births in the U.S. are attended by midwives (both in and out of hospital settings). Countries that utilize midwives as primary health care providers are also those countries in which mothers and infants fare best. The United States continues to rank behind most of the developed world in terms of infant and maternal mortality. - Midwives Alliance of North America
Midwives Model of Care™ Is Family-Centered
As a midwife,
I do normal birth! I have been lucky enough to work in different settings in the United States and abroad under several capacities. Homebirth is many things, but when considering out of hospital birth and care it is management and education. I document, guide, and guard normal pregnancy.
Occasionally (but rarely) emergencies occur and decisions need to be made quickly. I am trained to recognize and handle these appropriately. My goal is to be there with and for you should such a problem arise.
I am trained to provide healthcare education and counseling, and always engage true informed consent and shared decision-making with clients. Modern medicine can be wonderful, but it doesn't always give us the feeling that we are active participants in/of our own health.
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Birth has always been attended by midwives, and midwives have always provided care and support through a womans entire reproductive cycle and beyond.
Every thing done in this practice is based on informed choice, I believe in birth and respect each person and pregnant person's right to guide their own health care. I value communication and a developing a trusting, working relationship with the families I serve. In the course of developing this relationship, I provide personalized (preconception, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, primary/gynecological care within my scope, and care of the normal newborn). I talk about family planning/NFP and although I can conduct physical exams and full laboratory, screening, and other diagnostic tests, I cannot prescribe medications or contraceptives. I am a CPM and licensed by the state of Virginia. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires experience, knowledge, and training outside of the hospital setting.
TYPES OF MIDWIVES
Certified Midwife (CM): A Certified Midwife (CM) is an individual educated in the discipline of midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM): A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM): A Certified Professional Midwife is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the midwifery model of care. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings.
Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM): A direct-entry midwife is an independent practitioner educated in the discipline of midwifery through self-study, apprenticeship, a midwifery school, a college, or university-based program distinct from the discipline of nursing. A direct-entry midwife is trained to provide the Midwives Model of Care to healthy women and newborns throughout the childbearing cycle primarily in out-of-hospital settings. Licensed Midwives (LM) and Registered Midwives (RM) are examples of direct-entry midwives.