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Midwifery FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about about midwifery worldwide and in specific geographical areas.

This FAQ was prepared by Pat Sonnenstuhl, ARNP, CNM, RH cnmpat@aol.com with the supportive assistance of the following contributors.

Suggestions for topics to add to the FAQ are always welcome.

Ms. Sabrina Cuddy swnymph@fensende.com: Childbirth educator, Nursing Mother's Council volunteer, USA

Ms. Elizabeth Couch kindredspirit@shop.medchem.purdue.edu: DEM, USA.

Ms. Marjorie A. Dacko dacko@accessnv.com: Home birth and birthing clinic practice. President of the Nevada Midwives Association.

Ms. Sharon K. Evans BirthRite@aol.com: Writer and and licensed DEM, birth center practice. Co-chair for the NARM Qualified Evalator Committee.

Ms. Cheri Van Hoover CheriVH@aol.com: CNM, hospital practice, USA.

Mr. Patrick Hublou phublou@innet.be: Midwife, Flanders, Belgium

Ms. Deirdre E.E.A. Joukes 065620@pc-lab.fbk.eur.nl: Consumers-viewpoint, The Netherlands

Ms. Debbie Pulley ManaMW@aol.com: MANA Legislative Chair CPM, homebirth practice, USA

Pat Sonnenstuhl, ARNP,CNM, RH cnmpat@aol.com has been an RN since 1965, and CNM since 1981. She became interested in midwifery in the 1970's when it began to flourish again in California and has practiced midwifery in the home, birth centers and hospitals. She is the the Internet spokesperson for a combination CNM-Licensed Midwife group in Washington State called the Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS). She supports safe birthing with qualified practitioners and encourages empowerment and self-knowledge for women. She recently completed the intermediate level of training to became a registered hypnotherpaist and uses hypnosis in a variety of ways in her practice of midwifery.

This FAQ may be reproduced freely for non-commercial purposes as long as the author also received a copy of the posting and the reactions to the posting that the distribution may cause.

This FAQ may be distributed for financial gain only with the expressed permission from the author.

-1. What Is Midwifery?
The simplest definition of midwifery is with woman, but truly,...
-2. What Do MidWives Do?
Midwives teach, educate and empower women to take control of their ...
-3. How Do I Become A Midwife?
There are many different paths to becoming a midwife....
-4. Where Do I Find A Midwife?
Seek midwives in your community, state and country of province. ...
-5. Is Midwifery Care Safe?
As mentioned before, midwifery is probably the oldest profession ...
-6.1. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs)
In the US there are three types of midwives. ...
-6.2 Licensed Or Certified (Direct Entry) Midwives
Licensed Or Certified (Direct Entry) Midwives practice in a home ...
-6.3. Lay Or Empirical Midwives
Lay Or Empirical Midwives, also referred to as direct entry midwives,...
-7. What Can Midwives Do?
This will depend on the type of licensure and the laws and ...
-8. What Do Midwives Do?
Midwives teach, educate and empower women to take control of their own ...
-9. How Do I Become A Midwife?
There are many different paths to becoming a midwife. Which path you ...
-10. Where Do I Find A Midwife?
Seek midwives in your community, state and country of province. ...
-11. Books And Resources About The Profession Of Midwifery A-G
There are many books and resources about the history ...
-11. Books And Resources About The Profession Of Midwifery H-M
Hartley, Carla. Helping Hands: The Apprentice Workbook. ...
-11. Books And Resources About The Profession Of Midwifery O-Z
Odent, Michel. Birth Reborn. Pantheon Books. New York,...
-11.2. Excellent resources for locating the above books and other information (in addition to your local library) are:
1. Canadian Childbirth Teaching Aids (att: Anna Hart)...









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