Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions. If your questions is not listed below, please contact us or come in for an interview.
What is Midwifery?
Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. Midwifery (also known as obstetrics) is the health science and the health profession that deals with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period (including care of the newborn), as well as sexual and reproductive health of women throughout their lives.
Why would I want a water birth?
Research shows that women who birth in water have lower rates of episiotomy, possibly lower rates of 3rd or 4th degree tears, possibly lower rates of postpartum hemorrhage, less medication use for pain relief (this may be important for women who want or need to avoid epidurals or narcotic medications during labor), and possibly fewer NICU admissions after waterbirth.
Can midwives deliver breech babies?
Licensed Midwives in the state of Utah cannot deliver breech babies. If your baby is suspected to be breech at 32 weeks we will give you exercises and suggestions to help turn baby. If by 36 weeks your baby is still breech we can do what is called an External Cephalic Version with an ultrasound to get baby to turn.
Can midwives deliver twins?
Like with breech babies, Licensed Midwives in the state of Utah cannot deliver twins.
What is the difference between the types of midwives in Utah?
There are four types of midwives in the state of Utah: LDEM - Licensed Direct Entry Midwife, CPM - Certified Professional Midwife, DEM - Direct Entry Midwife, and CNM - Certified Nurse Midwife.
LDEM: Licensed Direct Entry Midwives are also Certified Professional Midwives (CPM's) who have met the requirements for the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). In addition to being certified by NARM, they are also licensed by the state of Utah and can carry oxygen, lidocaine, Rhogam, Vitamin K, Eye ointment, IV's, medications for hemorrhage, and antibiotics.
CPM: Certified Professional Midwives have met the requirements for the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). CPM's can carry oxygen but cannot carry or administer any other medications. They can, however, deliver breech babies and twins.
DEM: Direct Entry Midwives may or may not have met the requirements for the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) but have not become a CPM. DEM's can carry oxygen but cannot carry or administer any other medications. They can, however, deliver breech babies and twins.
CNM: Certified Nurse Midwives have become a Registered Nurse and then completed schooling to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. Most CNM's work in hospitals and are able to carry medications, write prescriptions and are under the supervision of a doctor.
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