About Intimate Journey
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a midwife?
Meaning of the word Midwife: “With Woman”
Once upon a time midwives were called upon by other woman to be by their sides during childbirth. Midwifery was considered an honored and respected profession. History bears witness to the fact midwives have played a significant role worldwide for centuries in human healthcare. Throughout the past 100 years, due to the establishment of hospitals and an emphasis on modern medicine and doctors taking control of the birth act, the popularity of midwives decreased and some of their reputation right along with it. Hospital births that offered pain medication and cesarean deliveries became the new norm.
Fortunately now, that trend is changing and home birth is making a dramatic comeback. State and national licensure is in place for midwives to allow us once again to be licensed professionals. In the state of California, we are recognized by The Medical Board of California as LMs (Licensed Midwife). Our national certification qualifies us as CPMs (Certified Professional Midwife). We obtain these professional titles by completing a 3-6 year clinical and didactic program that is accredited through MEAC and we also must pass the required licensing exam by NARM. We maintain these licenses with birth experience and required continued education credits.
Why should you choose midwifery care?
You’re someone who believes and trusts in natural birth & the Midwifery Model of Care.
You’re someone who is willing to pay for quality prenatal health care because the value exceeds the cost.
You want to feel empowered and want control over your own birth experience.
You like holistic alternatives to health care & you are a health-conscious person.
You want to feel like your voice matters.
You want your baby to have a warm & gentle entry into the world
You want to develop a relationship with your care provider that makes you feel important, instead of just another number.
You like the idea of having your birth in the comfort of your own home.
You want to use water for therapeutic pain relief and/or birth your baby in water.
Your previous birth(s) in the hospital were not what you wanted and you desire a different experience and redemption birth.
You want to try for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and your options at the hospital are limited. We will evaluate your potential to have a home birth based upon certain criteria.
I am often asked as a Licensed Midwife…
What if something goes wrong?
First of all, most people don’t realize that midwifery has been shown to be safer than a hospital birth. It is very rare that we encounter emergency complications, primarily because of the close monitoring and thorough care that we give our clients for 9 months. However, the act of birth can occasionally offer its own surprises in any environment, and we are trained to respond to it. We carry anti hemorrhagic drugs to prevent bleeding & are fully trained in neonatal resuscitation. CPMs are licensed through the Medical board, and our license only allows us to care for clients who are healthy and low risk. A midwife is skilled in assessing and managing the physical and emotional needs of a woman and her family, collaborating and consulting with other providers when indicated.
How can I deal with the pain without drugs?
Remember, women have been having babies without drugs for thousands of years. Everything you need to give birth is innately inside you and a midwife helps you to achieve this. When you have a good midwife, you won’t need external drugs to have your baby. Our bodies have the inherent ability to produce the best possible coping chemicals inside your body, oxytocin (the love drug) and adrenaline (the body’s energy booster). When you’re surrounded by the support people you love, in an environment that feels good, you trust your body and your midwife & have educated yourself on pain coping mechanisms, you won’t need any artificial drugs.
What if I need an epidural?
When contractions start slow and steady, our body sends messages to create those NATURAL drugs which increase as labor progresses. When you’re in an uncomfortable environment like the car or hospital, you release less oxytocin which may slow contractions down. In response, you’re given ARTIFICIAL oxytocin (known as Pitocin), to stimulate contractions, that your body can’t catch up with it and cope naturally, thereby causing intense pain, that can then only be alleviated with an epidural. In this unnatural scenario so common inside hospitals, this cascade of events is nearly unavoidable and now commonplace and expected.
What if the cord is wrapped around the baby's neck?
This is actually quite common: 1 in 3 babies have what they can a nuchal cord. Remember, baby is still getting oxygen from the cord, even if it’s wrapped around them. As midwives, we simply unwrap it, maneuver the baby through it, or in extremely rare cases, we will safely cut it to allow the baby to be born.