Did you know that if you are looking for a midwife, one of the most popular searches on Google is “find a midwife”? Google may also have reviews for midwives that you are looking at if their former clients have remembered to leave one. (Hint, hint. That means you, my former clients. Please leave me one if you haven’t.). If your state licenses or registers their midwives, you have be able to find one on the state registry list. While compiling a list of midwives to send invitations to for The Association of Texas Midwives conference in April, I discovered that some states only had the midwife’s name and maybe her business name. Others have their address listed as well. In Texas, midwives are regulated by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. You can search for a midwife by their name, license number, city, or county. Because midwives are not regulated by the state in Oklahoma, there is not a state directory for them.
Each state may also have one for more midwifery associations for accountability, continuing education classes, and social opportunities to be around other midwives. Texas is a pretty large state so we not only have ATM which I am a member of, but there are several associations that are area based. I am a part of the North Texas Midwives Association as well. Both of these associations have a list of their members listed on their websites. If you are not in any of these areas, try looking for a local association by common words used for your area (Houston midwives, Central Texas midwives, etc).
If you are a fan of Facebook, you probably know that there is a Facebook group for any topic of interest. Midwives are able to advertise their businesses by having a Facebook business page. A simple search for something like Texas midwives could pull up the associations that I have mentioned and business pages of midwives. You can check mine out here. Look for groups about home birth, birth options, natural childbirth, or “crunchy living” for your area. Some examples from the Dallas – Fort Worth are DFW Crunchy Moms, Crunchy Moms of DFW, and DFW Birth Options. If you have a specific situation that is more specialized you may need something like the DFW VBAC/Cesarean Support. Many of these groups have a list of midwives from the group in their files, but don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.
Instagram seems to be a favorite too. And midwives are trying to keep up with the times. People love to see pictures of births, babies, and bellies. You can do a search for your area and the word midwife or use the hashtag feature. Some of the hashtags that I use for trying to make myself more visible are #dentonmidwife, #texasmidwife, #oklahomamidwife, #comfortsofhomemidwifery, and #homebirthmidwife. If I am serving a particular area when I do a post, I might use a location tag for where I am at. Some examples are #fortworthmidwife or #wichitafallsmidwife. This lets people in other areas see locations that I might travel to as well.
Are you looking for a midwife? If so, I offer a free consultation and would love to meet with you. Contact me to set up an appointment. Already have a midwife that you love, how did you find your midwife?