Saturday, May 6, 2017

Why Hire An Apprentice Midwife?

The word "midwife" means "with woman." Midwives have been attending births for centuries and are known for providing personal attention and warm, compassionate care to mothers and babies.

An apprentice midwife is a midwife-in-training and practices under the direct supervision of an experienced midwife. I am permitted by the health department to practice midwifery under the supervision of Deb Phillips, LLM, CPM. I am also working toward the credential of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), which is awarded by the North American Registry of Midwives. I am at the phase of my apprenticeship where I am stepping into the "primary" role, with Deb assisting and supervising. While I am seeking my own clients, Deb will be present with me at prenatal visits and births until I am licensed, and even beyond that, as needed. Midwives typically attend births in pairs, rather than alone.

Why would you want to hire an apprentice to attend your homebirth?
In a nutshell, when you hire me, you get me...AND Deb! As an apprentice, I charge less than licensed midwives. It's a sweet deal.

 I believe in you. I believe you are strong, intelligent, and capable. I believe your body is able to birth your baby. I believe you are able to make decisions that are right for you and your family. As your apprentice midwife, I will monitor your health and your growing baby's health during pregnancy and birth, I will provide you with accurate, evidence-based information to answer your questions, and I will provide you with watchful eyes, listening ears, a soothing touch, compassion, and warmth throughout our time together.
 From the moment you hire me until your last postpartum visit at 6 weeks, I am always available to answer your questions or listen to your concerns. If you need extra help with breastfeeding, I can provide that. Read more about what to expect at prenatal appointments and at your birth.

"But what if...?" Things do occasionally pop up that are beyond anyone's control, regardless of where you give birth. We have plans in place to handle the unexpected.
Before becoming an apprentice midwife, I was a seasoned Registered Nurse, as well as lactation consultant and doula. I have 20 years experience in assessing normal vs abnormal and handling urgent situations when they arise.

My supervisor, Deb Phillips, is a reputable, experienced licensed midwife who has been practicing for around 35 years and has caught more than 1000 babies (with no stillbirths or maternal deaths.) She attended the births of my babies born at home, and I am honored to be able to learn from her.
 In addition, Deb has another apprentice, Rebecka Ockay, who is also a massage therapist and a doula. The three of us typically attend prenatals and births together. Imagine having an experienced midwife, massage therapist, registered nurse, lactation consultant, and doulas attending to you as you labor and birth in your own comfortable room! We are your dream team! Between the three of us, you can rest assured that you are in experienced, capable, supportive hands.

Are you looking for an excellent team of midwives in Arkansas? Contact me!