Monday, January 16, 2012

Childbirth Professional Day - Meet Debbie Hayden-Miller

1. What is your Childbirth Profession?
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

2. Describe your profession and why someone would want to choose your profession for support in pregnancy and/or childbirth.

As a midwife, I am lucky to share the birth experience with each family. Midwives have served women for thousands of years. Midwives provide a more personalized approach for care during pregnancy and childbirth. Prenatal appointments with a midwife usually are from 30-60 minutes allowing adequate time for education and questions. During childbirth, the midwife may perform many duties from maternal and fetal assessment, and support for the laboring mom. During the initial postpartum period the midwife encourages uninterrupted bonding for the family, provides assistance with breastfeeding, and assesses mom and baby.

3. Why did you get started in your profession?

I fell in love with childbirth with my first pregnancy. After taking childbirth classes while pregnant, I enjoyed them so much I taught classes for the next 5 years. At that time, I decided I wanted to do more so went back to college for my RN. I always planned to go to school for midwifery but put my education aside while I raised my family. When the last of my children became teenagers, I returned to school for my Master’s degree in midwifery. It was a long journey, but oh, so worth it!
4. In detail, what is your personal childbirth philosophy?

Childbirth is
~an intimate, magical, spiritual moment in a woman’s life.
Childbirth is
~and should be treated as a natural normal event in a woman’s life, not an illness
Childbirth is
~a sacred celebration of new life and should be protected from unnecessary interference.

All women should have the option to birth in a comfortable, secure and supported setting.
All women should have the option to homebirth

5. If you could tell all pregnant women in the world something, what would it be?

Having a child will change your world. It is a time in your life you will never forget. Each pregnancy will be differently important. Take care of yourself while you are pregnant, you have a precious little bundle cargo growing inside of you, and what you do affects you baby.

6. How long have you been in your profession? Are you certified? If yes, by who?

I have been a certified nurse midwife for 14 months. I am certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

7. Do you have a business name? How can people contact you for pregnancy and childbirth support?

My business name is Laughing Waters Homebirth Midwifery. I can be contacted many ways.
Web page:
Email directly from the web page or email me at
Phone number is 605-351-8041
You many also find me on Facebook and Twitter

8. Where do you practice?

I am located in Sioux Falls. Currently all care will be done in your home. Your baby will be born at home, you can select a water birth if you desire. I plan to travel no more than 2 hours away from Sioux Falls. I am also considering licensing in Iowa and Minnesota. As my business grows I plan to have an office, at that time prenatal care and well woman care will occur at the office.


Anonymous said...

I would like a home birth but I worry about getting a midwife with experience. Is there anyone you work with, another midwife with experience? How many home babies have you delivered? What do you do in an emergency?

Anonymous said...

Selecting a health care provider for the birth of a child is an important decision for a woman. The best way to select your health care provider is by interview. It is essential that a trusting and comfortable relationship be established with the healthcare provider.
As you consider the experience of a healthcare provider, it is helpful to include all of their experience in healthcare and not just graduation dates. For instance, many certified nurse midwives have assisted at hundreds of births while working as a registered nurse in a labor & delivery unit; this experience is invaluable and is certainly utilized in the role as a certified nurse midwife.
As a certified nurse midwife you must maintain certification with the American Midwifery Certification Board and be licensed in the state of practice. Certification requires ongoing education and completion of educational materials as selected by AMCB every 5 years.
I have assisted with the birth of 70+ babies, a majority in the hospital and freestanding birth center environment – 2 of these births have been homebirths with an additional 2 attending as a birth assistant.
What do you do in an emergency? This is a very general question and as such difficult to answer. Prevention of birth emergencies begins with risk assessment at each prenatal visit. It is important that a mother desiring a homebirth maintain a low risk pregnancy. Good prenatal education and assessment of the mother and baby are the building blocks of excellent care provided by a nurse midwife. During labor, the nurse midwife continually assesses the mother and baby and considers difficulties that may arise. It is important to remember that a normal physiologic birth at home has about a 10% transfer rate. This transfer rate includes many reasons for transfer, including prolonged latent labor, premature rupture of membranes, mother desires transfer for pain relief, and some emergencies. In addition, a certified nurse midwife brings emergency drugs, oxygen and a birth assistant in case assistance is needed.
I invite you to visit my website to learn more about my qualifications. If you would like further information, you may email me directly through my website. I would be more than happy to visit with you by telephone to answer any further questions.
Thanks, Debbie

Anonymous said...

Very rude unprofessional Snyde heartless woman. I would not let her deliver my baby ever. I visited Debbie in my third month of pregnancy. I was literally in tears upon leaving her home, I can't believe the things that came out of her mouth. I was in her office and overheard her and her son talking about some things no one should be put through by anyone. If this person can hurt you for little to nothing she will. She will eat at you like a vicious animal. I would never have the type of conversation that she had had with her own son! Despite seeing a bunch of cats that are unhealthy for my baby something you wouldn't expect from a professional.
Annomous or I will " get mine " as mentioned