Richmond Virginia Home Birth home birth in Richmond Virginia Midwife Mary Callender

Midwifery is as ancient as time itself. CPMs (certified professional midwives) are the only midwives who are exclusively trained to deliver in out of hospital births. Prior to the early 1900's, babies were born at home with the help of a local midwife or a family member who knew how to assist women in giving birth. Some were trained public health nurses and some were taught by their own mothers or grandmothers. Today, midwives are trained professionals who are taught by other home birth midwives to recognize what is normal in pregnancy and birth and what isn't. One thing remains constant between the traditional birth attendant and the certified professional midwife though. That is what is now known as "The Midwives Model of Care""

CPMs work with birthing women to help them have the gentle, loving birth experience that they desire. We don't offer or insist on unnecessary interventions and intercessions. We work with healthy low risk women who have a 98% chance of having a healthy, low risk birth. We are there to nurture and guide you through your journey to motherhood. We are extensively trained to recognize WHEN something is not normal and healthy and when something is just a variation of normal.

The hallmark of the CPM is informed choice. We will explain to you the risks and benefits of any procedure or test and YOU will make the final decision to get the test or procedure. A CPM who practices informed choice will never tell you to show up at this place at this time to get your (fill in the blank) done because it is standard protocol. You will always have the right to refuse!

Why chose to work with a provider who has a timeline to put you on or wants to get your labor started before your baby is telling your body it is ready to be born? Why have someone who is supposed to have your best interests at heart tell you things like your baby is too big, your pregnancy is going on too long, your body can't push a bigger baby out vaginally? Why chose a provider who is evasive about how may other clients he/she has due around the same time that you are? With a CPM, you will have continuity of care-that means I will be with you exclusively in all of your prenatals, your birth, and your postpartum visits. I do work with a birth assistant or student midwife as well.

With a CPM, you call the shots. When you are ready for me to come to you offering nurturing and loving guidance, I will be there. Birth can be a very empowering experience for women and giving your power away can feel very disheartening. It is your time to bask in your glorious womanhood that has been passed down through the generations from mothers to daughters. Birth is innate and there is nothing to fear about giving birth. I can help you realize this by allowing you to have all of the power. AND I will come to your house for prenatal visits, the birth, and postpartum visits!

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The real question about safety is not whether you want a pleasant birth at home or in the hospital. It is, "Do you want to give birth at home and run the miniscule risk of an emergency that might be handled better in the hospital, or do you want to give birth in the hospital and run the increased risk of infection, the certainty of additional stress, and the near certainty of having unnecessary interventions?"

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Contact Mary Callender, CPM, LM at 

804-382-8222 for more information about home birth, waterbirth, or VBAC.