Breath of Life Midwifery

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Midwifery Myths

Myth 1: Clients must see a doctor for lab work and ultrasounds...


...Truth: We have the ability to order the same labs and ultrasounds that doctors do. We can even offer a lab work discount to clients that pay out of pocket. No client is required to see a physician during pregnancy unless circumstance dictates that homebirth would not be the safest option (i.e. preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension, malpresentation, etc.). Every client has the right to determine which tests are necessary for their family.

Myth2: Nurse midwives are better trained and have more experience...


Truth: Midwives of all backgrounds receive thorough training in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. A midwife's ability to facilitate the birthing process has nothing to do with the initials after her last name. During the interview process, be sure to ask questions about the experience the midwife has and how many of the births she's attended have actually occured at home. Many CPM's and DEM's have received ALL of their training in the homebirth setting. Hospital birth and homebirth training can be VERY different. 

Myth 3: The more interventions a midwife can perform the more safe homebirth can be...


Truth: The studies that have proven homebirth with a midwife in attendance to be as safe or safer than hospital birth, did not show that the type of midwife in attendance made the difference. In fact, the studies that showed homebirth to be safer concluded that it was safer because LESS intervention was used. If your midwife uses pitocin, cytotec, etc. what makes it any safer to use them at home? Nothing, those drugs used in labor can be DANGEROUS requiring the type of monitoring that hospitals can better provide. Midwives are trained to prevent complications, recognize them before they become dangerous, or handle them naturally in emergent situations.

Myth 4: CPM's are not legal...


Truth: Licensed CPM's are not only legal in the state of VA, but also have very few regulations. We also do not require physician back-up to practice legally. View regulations for both licensed midwives (CPM's) and nurse practitioner midwives (CNM's) here:
http://www.dhp.state.va.us/medicine/medicine_laws_regs.htm

Myth 5: Insurance will not cover homebirth...


Truth: Every policy is different. Many of our clients receive partial reimbursement from their insurance companies. Check with your individual plan to see what they cover. Your out-of-pocket expense at home may be less than the co-pay/deductible you would pay for a hospital birth. I am a Medicaid provider.