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Meeting the Midwives

I have been fortunate in my career to get to meet so many amazing birth workers. Recently, I was meeting with midwives. These are the people who put their lives on pause to help bring babies into the world. The ones who stay up through the night. The ones who get their hands dirty. And they are amazing women. Recently, I was able to meet with a seasoned midwife and two of her midwifery students. On the blog today, I am going to share their answers to all of my questions.

Why did you decide to be a midwife?

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It seems really silly to say it, but I thought it would be a fun thing to do at first. So I first heard about midwives from another homeschool family in our circle of friends who had a home birth, but it was so underground at the time they wouldn’t even tell us her name or anything about her. No way to contact her.

 

Then when I was 13, I read an article about a midwifery school that was training young women to serve families. I just thought that would be so neat. It seems really silly to say, but that was what sparked the interest. Then I finished high school and did some mission work and then came back home because I was sick when I was out of the country.

 

So my parents, who had been unsupportive of getting involved in the quote “medical field” then totally changed their support and began recommending and pushing me toward midwifery because that’s really what I wanted to do. And they knew that. But I had always assumed I wouldn’t be able to for some reason, partly because of our state and the laws.

 

I ended up doing the Texas midwifery program and worked there for several years and finished up in Tennessee and started my practice in Tennessee before the laws changed and made plans to move home and have been here since the end of 2017.

 

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Well, I actually did not want to become a midwife initially. My background is business, corporate America, parallel professional music industry career. And then once my family moved from Atlanta, having been there for 12 years, I was in a directorship overseeing a fine arts program that’s a nonprofit in downtown Huntsville.

 

Once that tour was up and I was done at that job, I literally just prayed and said, “Well, what’s next for me?” When I began to pursue understanding this whole midwifery opportunity, it was at the end of 2018 and I had no idea about the laws. I didn’t know the details around the issues that we face here in the state.

 

I started initially as a doula because someone said that’s a good way to start if you want to be a midwife. And so I did. I got trained and began that process in 2019, and shortly after that I got the opportunity to begin to shadow some midwives in the area and got accepted into the National College of Midwifery at the beginning of 2020.

 

They gave me a scholarship to attend and I was told that’s a great way to go about it because you can learn the coursework and the didactic studies there, but you’re going to need the preceptorship and the apprenticeship piece to happen at the same time. So that was the beginning of this journey. And now here, thanks to Rebekah, she’s taking me on as a student.

 

I think to answer the question, it kind of fell in my lap, so to speak. As I see the opportunity to make a difference for so many people, mainly a big focus on the maternal health crisis, particularly for African American families and women, it really piqued my interest after the fact. I didn’t know that upfront. Yeah, it just became a, “Oh, this is why you’re saying this kind of thing in my heart, Lord, okay, this must be one of those assignments where you want me to jump in and make a difference.” So I’m trying to do my part.

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So I’ve always wanted to be a midwife since I was a little girl. Well, I was always obsessed with birth and babies since I was a little girl, and it kind of just increased as I got older. I got to see my three siblings be born. They were born in a hospital.

 

Eventually, God opened the door for me to attend Mercy in Action College of Midwifery. Once I started school, I really started to see the need for midwives to help women have their babies in a way that they want to and is evidence-based.

What do you love most about being a midwife?

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Being able to invest in women’s lives and in their families as well.

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I say similarly. And to address this maternal health crisis and give moms a chance to have something I didn’t get. I didn’t get to have a home birth. I didn’t get to experience the beauty and some of the distinctive care that obviously home-birth moms do get. I had some trauma in a hospital experience that I didn’t even know was trauma until I started learning about this option. So I want more moms to have that option to not be traumatized and to have something beautiful.

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Just seeing moms meet their babies for the first time is definitely one of the best things ever. Also, helping women to learn more about their bodies. I really strive to teach women about themselves.

How long have you been practicing? How many births have you attended?

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I became a certified professional midwife in 2016. My practice has changed states a couple of times and I started new practices both times and it’s certainly grown. I’ve done close to 500 births.

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As a doula I started as of 2019. Student midwifery began in 2020, so about 4 years strong now. I have a total of about 65 births between doula work and student midwifery.

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I have been a student midwife for four years, and I have attended 26 births as a student. Plus my siblings is 29.

What happens if you can’t make it to a birth?

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There are a few different situations that might come up that would lead to that situation. One is that I’m en route, but I haven’t made it to the client’s house before the baby’s born. So when that’s the case, when I’m already on my way and I’m hopefully close, I just have clients give me a call and either put me on speakerphone or FaceTime so that I can be able to see what’s happening and give counsel or suggestions with what needs to be done.

 

If, for instance, I’m at another birth or I’m very far away from the client when it sounds like birth is getting ready to happen momentarily, I will call another midwife who is hopefully closer to her and available. Who that midwife is, totally depends on the location of the client. There are a number of midwives who have been kind enough to be back up for me.

What areas do you cover?

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I serve all the way up to the state line of Tennessee down to Montgomery. Not as far east and west as the state line, but definitely the 65 corridor and probably about an hour on either side.

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I’m North Alabama area, so anything in Huntsville and the radius of about an hour and a half to two hours.

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I’m generally in northern Alabama. I will go further south, but the opportunity doesn’t always present itself.

What is the best way for a new client to contact you?

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My website, midwiferebekah.com.

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Most often they contact Rebecca and then we come alongside Rebecca for her clients. There are times, though, especially being a doula, and for anyone that refers and just knows you, that they’ll call me directly and that’s fine too. I just refer them and take them through the process and hold their hand if need be. But most of the time they go straight to Rebecca for student midwifery.

I had a great time meeting with Rebekah, Tiffany, and Madilyn and hearing their stories. I also learned a lot about the maternal health crisis. Keep a lookout for a blog post about it. If you are interested in having a home birth of your own and need a midwife to attend, be sure to look them up on midwiferebekah.com.

 

Do you know any other awesome midwives in the area? Post them below!

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