New York State midwives are licensed to practice and are regulated by a board, which defines and oversees the profession. To become a licensed midwife in NY you must have a masters degree and complete clinical training to attain the skills needed to practice the profession. Once the educational requirements are achieved a candidate can apply to take the licensing exam.
Most midwives in NY have education in both nursing and midwifery, however it is not a requirement to have a nursing degree to become a licensed midwife. Midwives who have both a nursing degree and clinical training as a midwife are referred to as a CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife. The certifying organization is the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Currently in NY, midwifery education does not include any clinical preparation for home birth.
The certifying organization, NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) offers another model of midwifery education and training functions to assist those midwives seeking out of hospital experience. This model uses apprenticeship as a key focus for training midwives. Once the candidate achieves the required training and successfully completes a standardized exam the candidate is referred to as a CPM, certified professional midwife.
Eileen has attained both credentials and maintains active membership in both organizations.
The midwifery model of care involves careful screening for risk factors and observation including:
• Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
• Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, hands-on assistance during labor and birth, and postpartum support
• Minimizing technological interventions and identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
We provide guidance and support for the birthing woman and her family.
At the same time that we try not to interfere with the natural course of labor and birth, we will respond to abnormal conditions as needed. We are trained in CPR & NRP and can recognize when intervention is needed, for both mother and baby.
Home provides a wonderful environment for a family to gently greet their babies. In the intimate environment of home deep bonds are formed. A sense of trust and confidence in the natural order of life can emerge.
Some health insurance companies will pay part of or, in some cases, our entire fee. Our staff will assist you in initiating this process with your health plan. Email Christina for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have Medicaid and are required to chose a managed care plan we ask that you choose Independent Health as this plan has regularly authorized homebirth/care with us in the past and they also cover costs associated with birthing at the Birthing Center of Buffalo.
The two major concerns are bleeding in a mom or breathing problems for the baby. To address these concerns we have medications to control bleeding and IV equipment if IV fluids are needed. We also have suction and resuscitation equipment if the baby needs CPR.
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