What is a midwife?
The midwives at Birth Awake are certified professional midwives through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). This certification requires several years of academic study, alongside thousands of hours of clinical experience. Midwives provide modern medical care and take the place of physicians in the birth room. Midwives are specifically trained in natural birth techniques including herbs and use pharmacology when necessary. Services include comprehensive prenatal care (before birth) and postpartum care (after birth), blood draws for laboratory testing, homebirth, waterbirth, gynecological care, family planning options, and preconception counseling. Midwives are not only the primary medical care provider, but also offer, emotional, and social support for childbearing women. Birth Awake midwives provide care primarily in the office or home and attend births either at home or in a birth center. A midwife is skilled at addressing all the needs of a healthy pregnancy and there is no need to work with any other care provider unless there is a unique circumstance that requires special care. Birth Awake midwives are holistic in their approach and tailors midwifery care to each individual woman's needs.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a professional childbirth educator providing emotional, physical, and educational support to women during labor and at times pre/postnatal (before or after birth). Doulas are not medically trained, but can be an invaluable structure of support. Doulas sole purpose is to advocate for the mother and help the family during this vulnerable time of transition.