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?
~an intimate, magical, spiritual moment in a woman’s life.
~and should be treated as a natural normal event in a woman’s life, not an illness
~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: www.laughingwatersmidwifery.com
Email directly from the web page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.