What is a midwife?

As long as women have been having babies, there have been midwives. Midwives are trained professionals, with expertise in normal pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Certified Professional Midwives are certified by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and must complete substantial education and apprenticeship requirements as well as take a comprehensive written exam. The midwifery model of care focuses on educating and empowering the woman, and maintaining a healthy pregnancy through prevention. The midwife works with each woman and her family to identify their unique needs, and offers information based on the woman's individual needs.

What does midwifery care look like?

At each appointment, we generally check your urine, listen to the baby's heart tones, measure the growing uterus, feel your baby for position and growth, and assess blood pressure. But the most important part of the appointment it building a trusting relationship. We will discuss any complaints or symptoms, evaluate nutrition, rest/sleep, stress, and problem solve together. You will always have plenty of time to ask questions. Appointments typically last about 1 hour.

What if I develop a complication?

Some minor complications can be dealt with through nutrition counseling, or referral to alternative practitioners such as an acupuncturist, naturopath, or chiropractor. If necessary, we will refer you to a physician for a consultation. If a major complication arises, we will transfer your care to a physician and will continue to offer educational and emotional support during this process.

Is home birth safe?

Only you know where the right place is for you to give birth. The safest place is where you FEEL the safest. There is extensive research demonstrating the safety of out-of-hospital birth. I have included a sample of the major research below including links to the full studies. Feel free to contact me for further research.

CPM 2000 Study - British Medical Journal

CMAJ 2009 Study

Netherlands Home Birth Study

Can I have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) at home?

Absolutely! As an ICAN chapter leader I am dedicated to offering women the best possible chance for VBAC. If you are interested in VBAC we will review your medical records and discuss any concerns you have to ensure you are a good candidate for a home VBAC. I have attended many VBACs as both a doula and midwife.

Can I have a waterbirth?

I had a waterbirth with my first baby, and love to offer that opportunity to my clients. I supply a birth tub for my clients. However, I think it's very important in birth to be flexible and open to the endless possibilities.

I'm scared of the clean-up. Will my house get very messy during the birth?

We take many precautions to keep your house clean during the birth. We use protective coverings on beds, carpets, and other areas of concern. After the birth, we bag up the trash, start the laundry, and tidy up before we leave.