What is a Midwife?
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What Does a Midwife Do?

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?

Free consultation

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

Breastfeeding support

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.

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Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM

Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM is the head midwife and owner of Comforts of Home Midwifery. Mercy was first exposed to homebirth when she witnessed the birth of her little brother at the age of 7. Her interest in natural childbirth grew with the birth of her first child and then attending Bradley Natural Childbirth classes with a friend a year and a half later. Attending her first birth as a doula verified that she was called to be a midwife. Mercy attended the Association of Texas Midwives Training Program and completed an apprenticeship with what is now the Corpus Christi Birth Center. She holds a Texas state license, is listed with the state of Oklahoma, and holds her Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives.

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