Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of midwife are you?
Our credentials are Certified Nurse Midwife. A CNM is Registered Nurse with Advanced Practice status and prescriptive authority in Texas. We pride ourselves with bringing the best of both worlds-medical experience, knowledge and equipment, plus the heart of a midwife to serve woman and her family as they transition into a family through the miracle of birth.
What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?
A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is educated in two disciplines-nursing and midwifery. She possesses evidence of certification according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).Nurse-midwifery practice as conducted by CNMs is the independent management of women's health care, focusing on common primary care issues, family planning and gynecological needs of women, pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and the care of the newborn. The CNM practices within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management, or referral as indicated by the health status of the client. CNMs practice in accordance with the Standards of the Practice of Midwifery, as defined by the ACNM.(American College of Nurse-Midwives , 2004), www.midwife.org, http://www.midwivesoftexas.org/faq.htm3.
How many babies have you delivered?
As nurses in the hospital we have assisted thousands of women with giving birth in the hospital. As a midwives we have assisted thouands of women with birth. Together we have over 30 years of experience- in hospital and out of hospital
Do you ever miss a birth?
Most women prefer to be cared for by one to two midwives, not a large team of midwives. It is impossible for a solo midwife to never miss a birth, because life happens as birth happens. We are a team of two midwives, this way you will always have a midwife whom you know and trust caring for you.
Do you have a collaborating physician?
Yes we have a formal collaborating physician. It is not necessary for you to meet the back up unless you would like to. I also have quality relationships with other physicians around the metroplex that accept my clients on a case by case basis. So if you are one of the few (10%) clients that need a physician it can be arranged without any stress. Why would you need to a doctor... They are often called upon for consultation related to a variety of health care issues. Surgical procedures, treatment of abnormal pap smears, or cesarean birth are examples of situations when the physician will participate in your care. The CNM will remain closely involved with you, providing support and explanations of necessary procedures.
Do you bring a birth assistant with you to births?
Yes, the safety of birth is enhanced by the presence of a skilled assistant who is either a certified birth assistant, registered nurse or midwife.
Do you take VBAC?
We take selected candidates for VBAC. We request a copy of your previous birth records and review them with you and discuss your risk with you at a NOB visit.
What are my payment options?
You may pay cash we have very affordable rates. We are happy to work with Medishare type insurance programs and verify your benefits if you have out of network coverage. Insurance can be used for your labs and sonos. A payment plan is available for your convenience. For more detailed information please call the office at 972-542-0349.
Do you have experience with waterbirths?
Yes, we have assisted women with waterbirth for years and highly recommend water for labor and birth. Please refer to the section on waterbirth on this website.