Posted: February 28, 2021
URGENT – Midwifery in NJ Needs Your Help!
“New Jersey Licensed Midwives (CNMs, CPMs, and CMs) provide homebirth services to many New Jersey families in the state safely and respectfully. People have many reasons for choosing homebirth.
The pandemic creates a need to deliver babies outside of the hospitals.
The ability to continue to provide home birth is in jeopardy due to the decreasing number of supportive physicians and we hope you will help us ensure that homebirth will be available in the future with or without a collaborating agreement with a physician.
Please join us as we request an emergency executive order from Governor Murphy which allows out-of-hospital birth to be available during the Pandemic.”
Posted: February 27, 2021
The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Midwife
Ontario, Canada Midwifery
“The midwifery continuity of care, and of establishing relationships with your clients, especially perhaps those in marginalized or vulnerable communities, allows me to provide a level of care that I just don’t think you can replicate with any other model,” Hana Lang says.
Drawbacks? “It comes down to a general lack of support from the government,” Lang says, noting that midwives don’t have paid sick leave, on top of the fee-for-service model many have to follow.
Posted: February 20, 2021
VNA Health Care Now Offering Midwife Services
Aurora-based VNA Health Care announced recently that it is adding midwife services for its obstetric patients.
A recent study reported in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that midwife attended hospital births in the U.S. are increasing despite the overall decrease in the total number of American hospital births, according to a press release from VNA Health Care.
The new VNA service is being offered with this increased national demand.
Posted: February 17, 2021
More Moms Turning to Midwives to Help Birthing Process
“We are the primary caregiver, so we take care of women from conception all the way up through their birth itself, their labor and then post-partum into their well woman care, as well,” says White.
“I had an amazing, very calm, beautiful birth and then they also provide a lot of postpartum support, which was really critical and crucial to me,” says Katerba.
Midwives are present for a mom’s annual exams, and help out with issues like birth control.
For moms like Katerba, it’s comforting collaboration. “It’s a lot like a partnership. Appointments were calm and relaxed and kind of like having a conversation with a friend. They remember my kids’ names and what was going on in my life,” says Katerba.
Posted: February 6, 2021
Nurse Midwife Aims to Help Nurses Identify Human Trafficking Victims
Nurses in particular, play a unique role in helping to identify and rescue victims of human trafficking. Being aware of the realities––and myths––about human trafficking can help nurses and other healthcare professionals become more adept at recognizing who may be a potential human trafficking victim.
- Call the 24/7 National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888.
- Text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733.
- Chat live on the National Human Trafficking Hotline website.
Posted: January 30, 2021
More Women Choosing Home Births During Pandemic
“One of the changes we’re seeing is women opting for a home birth who maybe came into midwifery care thinking they wanted to be in the hospital,” said Pace. “They started investigating home birth and making that change in their pregnancy.”
“Often, we see less interventions at home, we’re able to use different ways to cope with pain, often their stress levels are lower when they’re in their own homes,” said Pace. “And when they’re comfortable, women produce high levels of endorphins which help with pain. It comes down to feeling safe and relaxed.”
Posted: January 23, 2021
By: Ali Touhey
Fika Midwifery Sues Independent Health
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — This is really an issue about choice and access to health care,” explained Fika Midwifery owner, Maura Winkler.
Winkler is suing Independent Health for defamation, interfering with her business, violation of numerous state laws, and conspiracy, after she said the insurance company stopped providing coverage for home births for her clients.
According to the 20 page complaint filed in State Supreme Court, Independent Health did provide home birth coverage for more than two years. But, it stopped in mid-2019 when Winkler no longer had a written collaborative agreement with a physician. That agreement is not required by state law.
Posted: January 16, 2021
By: Baraka Birth
Protect NJ Homebirth
Is homebirth safe and legal in New Jersey?
Yes! Out of hospital births (including home and birth center births) are safe and legal and thriving! In NJ, homebirth is available with Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Midwives, and Certified Nurse Midwives whose licensure and scope of practice fall within New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners Law & Public Safety NJ Administrative Code Title 13 Chapter 35.
I have heard that homebirth in New Jersey may not be accessible with licensed providers due to lack of “backup” physicians. Is this true?
NJ state regulations require that licensed midwives have what’s called a “consulting agreement” with an obstetrician in order to practice. Over the past decade, fewer and fewer doctors are willing to serve officially in this role (however, many of us have unofficial relationships with many doctors, including OBs, Maternal-Fetal Medicine doctors, and pediatricians). Recently, we learned that one of the doctors who was in an official consulting role for several midwifery practices in the state is selling his practice and will no longer be able to officially consult with midwives. The NJ licensed midwives are requesting that Governor Murphy issue an Emergency Waiver that would suspend this portion of our regulations for the course of the pandemic. This would allow us to continue to serve families outside of hospitals at a time when many are concerned about the risk of COVID-19.
My midwife would like to be able to practice at a freestanding birth center in New Jersey, but as a Certified Profession State, our state, unlike most others, allows CPM practice home but not birth centers. Is this true?
Yes, in NJ, CPMs cannot work at freestanding birth centers. Most other states that license birth centers permit Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Certified Midwives to staff them. Why not ours? We are requesting a waiver pursuant to the provisions of the New Jersey Administrative Code Title 8 Chapter 43A “STANDARDS FOR LICENSURE OF AMBULATORY CARE FACILITIES” Please ask NJDOH Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance to ADD Certified Professional Midwife to N.J.A.C. 8:43G-2.8 and N.J.A.C. 8:43A-2.9.
Is there anything I can do to help?
Yes! Please take the following steps to help us keep homebirth with a licensed midwife legal and safe in New Jersey:
Please contact your representatives, the office of Governor Murphy, and send them this letter and a copy of the Midwifery Waiver. Even if you have not had a homebirth, or would prefer to birth in the hospital, it is important that we preserve homebirth as an option for healthy families.
Share this request on social media.
Documents & Links:
Consumer Letter to send to representatives in government (.doc) – the text of the letter is included below
Dear Elected Officials and interested stakeholders,
I am writing in support of home birth midwives in NJ and to protect my right to have a safe birth where and with whom I desire. Home birth midwives have provided safe, compassionate and empowering maternity care for decades. The midwifery model of care at home birth supports normal physiologic birth for essentially healthy birthing people and their babies. Respecting the critical role of maternal health in NJ as a priority, we are asking for your immediate assistance for an NJDOH Midwifery Waiver (see attached) to ensure maternal health and safety.
During a pandemic, out of hospital birth (in homes and birth centers) is essential to minimizing transmission, maintaining health, and efficiently utilizing medical resources. NJ families have safely had births during the pandemic. In NJ, home birth is available with Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Midwives, and Certified Nurse Midwives whose licensure and scope of practice fall within NJ Board of Medical Examiners Law & Public Safety NJ Administrative Code Title 13 chapter 35.
As your administration has mobilized to make NJ the safest place to give birth and raise a child, through the Nurture NJ and First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Strategic Plan soon to be released, we need your immediate help in making a Midwifery Waiver under Covid-19 Temporary Operational Waivers and Guidelines. Without such a waiver we risk a continued increase in unassisted births and very poor outcomes.
X – your name here
Posted: January 9, 2021
By: Janet Jarman
Midwifery in Mexico
About 96 percent of births in Mexico take place in hospitals that are often overcrowded and ill-equipped, where many women describe receiving poor or disrespectful treatment.
A national movement has made determined but uneven progress toward integrating midwifery into Mexico’s public health system. Some authorities argue that well-trained midwives would be of great value, especially in rural areas but also in small nonsurgical clinics throughout the country.
The government encouraged state authorities to set up alternative health centers that could exclusively focus on births and be staffed by nurses and midwives.
Maternal health advocates have long said that Mexico’s obstetric model must change to center on women. If ever there were a moment for health authorities to fully embrace midwifery, now is the time.
Posted: January 2, 2021
By: Wellspan Health
Looking Back on The Year of the Nurse & Midwife
Designated by the World Health Organization, 2020 was named the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale. Watch our nursing executives across the system share their most memorable moment of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.