CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIVES (in hospitals)
I live in Stillwater and want a midwife attended birth in a hospital, is this possible? YES.
Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM’s), work in hospitals alongside doctors. They attend women with low risk pregnancies and offer the midwifery model of care in a hospital setting. Stillwater Medical Center does not offer any midwifery care, however the following hospitals do have nurse midwives on staff and take clients from Stillwater.
|OU Medical Center||Oklahoma City||VBAC accepted, multiples?||website, (405) 271-9494|
|southcrest in tulsa?||tulsa?||VBAC?, multiples?||contact info/possibly more CNM in tulsa here- http://www.healthline.com/doctors/nurse-midwife/OK/tulsa|
Is it possible to give birth in a hospital one hour away? Yes, the “textbook” length of labor for a first time mom is 24 hours, this goes down with subsequent births but there is a very great chance you will make it in plenty of time.
BIRTH CENTER MIDWIVES
I live in Stillwater and want a midwife attended birth in a birth center, is this possible? YES. Stillwater does not have a birth center, however, the following birth centers take Stillwater Clients.
|Heaven Sent Birth; Birth Center||Oklahoma City||VBAC, multiples, waterbirth||website, facebook, (405) 787-7730|
|??? Special Delivery; Birth Center??||Tulsa||VBAC?, multiples?, waterbirth||website, facebook, (918) 477-9343|
Is it possible to give birth in a birth center one hour away? Yes, the “textbook” length of labor for a first time mom is 24 hours, this goes down with subsequent births but there is a very great chance you will make it in plenty of time.
There are no midwives living in Stillwater that offer homebirth services, however there are many in OKC and Tulsa that travel to Stillwater (for additional travel costs).
Do any of these midwives accept insurance of any kind? Yes some do.
Do any of these midwives attend vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) at home? Yes, there are certain factors that affect this including the type of incision you have and if you have had more than one cesarean.
Do any of these midwives attend breech or twin births at home? Yes, this decision is up to the individual midwife, and it is worth asking her about it.
How does does the midwife handle my prenatal care? Typically a homebirth midwife has a clinic or does appointments in her home. Then sometime in your last trimester she visits your home to know how to get there and what kind of space she will be working in when it’s time for you to give birth.
How are home birth midwives trained and regulated? Midwives that do not work in a hospital are called Direct Entry Midwives (DEM) or Certified Professional Midwives (CPM). Usually these midwives have had a combination of schooling and apprenticeship to become a midwife and many have taken a standard test given by the North American Midwife Alliance (NARM) . **It is important to keep in mind that Oklahoma has no laws governing the practice of midwifery outside the hospital, so it is up to the consumer (you) to check out what kind of training, experience and philosophy your prospective midwife has.**
There is an alliance of midwives in Oklahoma OMA (Oklahoma Midwife Alliance) and many of Oklahoma’s homebirth midwives are listed there, however not all of Oklahoma’s midwives belong to this group. I’ve also included a list of those independent midwives that service the Stillwater area.
Margarett Scott, CPM and Anne Coffee/ Heaven Sent Births/ OKC, OK/website/(405) 787-7730
Ruth Cobb CNM, CPM/Tulsa, OK/website/(918) 224-1605
Alice Sirmons, CPM/Tulsa, OK/website/(918)-251-1467
Jeanne Madrid, CPM/South of Tulsa/wesite/(918) 336-0301
Faith Morie, CPM/ Tulsa, OK/ website/ (918) 284-3609