Midwifery and Home Birth Services:
As licensed Texas midwives, April and Jenni provide comprehensive prenatal, birth and postpartum care in a loving and relaxed environment. Midwifery services include laboratory testing in-house, counseling for genetic screening, ultrasound referral, nutrition counseling, water birth if desired, and breastfeeding and chestfeeding support. All services are provided using informed choice as the foundation for practice and are supported by holistic care techniques. Risk screening occurs throughout the prenatal period for appropriateness for home birth. Home visits are included in both the prenatal and postpartum periods. We believe that all of this hands-on, in-depth care is very important to help build a strong, trusting relationship between the client, their chosen family and the midwife. This family-centered holistic approach is one of the cornerstones to midwifery care. Christy provides back-up support to the home birth care.
International Definition of a Midwife
The midwife is recognized as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with [birthing people] to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in [client] and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.
The history of midwifery in North America is vast and rich, full of amazing storytelling and strong, powerful birthing and families passing down skills generation to generation. Before the 1800’s, midwives were the primary support people during birth, as well as filling multiple roles in their communities. As the healthcare system became more industrialized, physicians subverted their role as ‘experts’ in birth and marginalized and discredited midwives in order to limit birth to hospitals, despite better outcomes of care with midwives. The 1970’s saw a shift in childbirth care again and an increased demand for midwifery care, and alternate paths to becoming a midwife (other than through nursing) appeared as midwives worked to again become recognized health care providers in the U.S. and specialists in normal pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. However, this process of professionalization has been exclusionary of certain groups of midwives, particularly African-American midwives, Native American, and midwives with training from outside of the US, among others. Organizations like the National Association for Advancement of Black Birth and the National Black Midwives Alliance, among many others, have worked and continue to work to make this heritage more widely known and to promote the essential role of black midwives in communities across the USA. Many other communities are now organizing for better birth care in their own communities and a reduction in maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity.
Both Christy and Jenni are CPMs and LM (Licensed Midwives) in the state of Texas. For more information on Midwifery in Texas, please see the Midwives page of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, as well as the Association of Texas Midwives and Texans for Midwifery, a consumer-advocacy group.