According to the Texas Midwifery law, a midwife:
A) provides the necessary supervision, care, and advice to a woman during NORMAL pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period;
(B) conducts a NORMAL delivery of a child; and
(C) provides NORMAL newborn care.
What does this mean?
- Texas Legislature has determined that childbirth is a natural process of the human body and not a disease.
- Normal childbirth–The labor and vaginal delivery at or close to term (37 up to 42 weeks) of a pregnant woman whose assessment reveals no abnormality or signs or symptoms of complications
What kind of training is required?
Each state has its own set of requirements and laws for midwives. The following is my own particular training and certifications.
- Graduated from the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program
- Completed an internship with what is now the Corpus Christi Birth Center
- Licensed with the state of Texas
- Listed with the state of Oklahoma
- Hold my Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives
- Maintain current CPR for Healthcare Professionals and Neonatal Resuscitation cards
My training included:
How to identify and care for low risk women.
How to prevent, identify, and treat many complications.
How to determine when a woman is no longer low risk and when to transfer or transport out of care.
What does prenatal care with a midwife consist of?
Extensive initial screening
Standard lab work and ultrasounds
Extended prenatal visits to address nutrition, physical, and emotional concerns
Co-care or referral with OB/GYN or MFM when complications arise
Transfer or transport of care when complications become out of scope of care for midwives
Full exam of the newborn for abnormal conditions
Postpartum screening for health of mom and baby
Screening for Postpartum Depression
If you would like more information or would like to set up a free consultation, contact us here or give me a call at (361)790-3077.