A midwife is a care provider that specializes in supporting women through pregnancy, labor, delivery, and in the postpartum period. Responsibilities of a midwife include
Midwives should have an expanded knowledge of the organs of the female reproductive system, everything concerning pregnancy and delivery, and people, empathy skills. Often midwives approach pregnancy and assisting with a more holistic mindset. They use herbs, massage, and homeopathic methods when possible- steering away from pharmaceuticals and invasive techniques when possible. State laws vary greatly as to what a midwife is allowed to do.
In some states, midwives are not recognized as care providers. In other states, there are different levels of midwives that practice. Direct-entry midwives don’t necessarily have nursing or medical training, they don’t have to be affiliated with doctors, they often work with clients in their homes and outside of a hospital/birthing center setting.
A certified professional midwife (CPM) may not be trained as a nurse, though some are. CPMs receive more standardized education than a direct-entry midwife. CPMs have experience with out-of-hospital births. They usually practice care outside of hospitals in home settings.
Midwives make mistakes just like anyone else. Errors in performing any of the duties listed can occur. A midwife may err on the side of a mother trying to avoid invasive methods of delivery when arising complications warrant such methods or doctor referrals/transfers of care. If you believe that yourself or a loved one suffered a worsening of a medical condition or a death under the care of a midwife, you may be eligible for damages. Contact the Sweeney Law Firm so we can review the facts. You may have a medical provider malpractice case. If we accept your case, there is no cost for representation unless a settlement or fund recovery is made on your behalf.