Certified Professional Midwives and Homebirth

Audra Phillips, CPM and Treasurer for Midwives Alliance of North America took the time to talk about her path to becoming a Certified Professional Midwife and the importance of home birth being a safe option in the US.

I think this conversation is very timely since ‘Mother Robin’ won CNN Hero of the Year just last week. The internet has been a buzz with midwifery–but midwifery in the US has had an “interesting” evolution and is highly politically and at times emotionally charged.

Watch the interviews on my Vimeo Channel here: http://vimeo.com/channels/pitchforksoptional OR listen to the podcasts on iTunes.

In our TWO LOVELY conversations we cover:

  • How to get your feet wet in midwifery
  • The apprenticeship process
  • The difference between CPMs and CNMs
  • What a Family Centered Birth looks like
  • Her perspective in the importance in home birth
  • Disparities in birth outcomes in the US
  • Access to care
  • Cost of midwifery education and its potential to exclude good candidates

In the deep dive (about half way through) Audra talks about her favorite part of the birth process as well as shares her favorite midwifery books.

Here are links to organizations and resources that Audra talks about in the interviews:

The Center for Humane Options in Childbirth Experiences (CHOICE)
http://www.choicemidwives.org/

The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)
http://mana.org/

Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC)
http://www.meacschools.org/

P.S. In this conversation when I use the term “medical” I’m referring to a medical model of care vs “clinical” training.

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