**Mississippi is an unregulated state; which means ANYONE can call themselves a Midwife without any education. The only way a family can protect themselves from someone posing as a Midwife is making sure the midwife has Midwifery Certification (CPM); A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwives Model of Care. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings.
Mississippi does NOT verify any Midwife! Mississippi is an unregulated state.
Questions to ask your care provider.
Are you a CPM? (this allows the family to know the midwife is TRAINED in out of hospital births).
What is included in the fees? What do I need to provide for a home birth? (ask about a payment plan also)
At what point in my labor will you come to my home to assist with labor/birth?
How many births have you attended?
What is your hospital transfer rate?
What care would you provide to me if a transfer were necessary?
What is your experience with home births after caesarean (HBAC)?
How many home birth clients do you typically have in a four-week period and what is your plan if you have two clients laboring/giving birth at the same time?
Have you ever handled a postpartum hemorrhage? What protocol do you use to stop excessive bleeding after delivery?
Have you ever missed a homebirth? If so, what were the circumstances?
Are you available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during my pregnancy?
Do you require specific tests during pregnancy? (i.e. One-Hour Glucose Screen, Group B Strep, etc.)
Do you allow a mother to go past 42 weeks and still have a homebirth?
Do you require a childbirth preparation class to prepare for homebirth?
What is your role during a birth?
Do I need to hire a doula for labor support or do you provide that also?
What equipment and supplies do you bring to a birth?
How long do you stay after the birth? Do you help clean up?
Do you provide post-natal visits in the days after the home birth?
What is your standard for cord clamping and cutting?
Will you use a fetal scope in place of a Doppler if requested?
How many assistants do you typically bring to a home birth?
If you are sick, who will attend me?
Do you perform episiotomies? If so, how many have you performed?
Have you had any bad outcomes with a mother/baby? Please explain them.
Do you have experience breastfeeding? Will you be able to help me with any breastfeeding problems?
What is your experience with herbs, homeopathy & alternative medicine?
Serving the entire Gulf Coast of Mississippi
Tera Smith, CPM