Midwives are trained and educated professionals who dedicate their lives to supporting women and helping birth babies safely. We believe in birth and work to make birth choices available to all women. Midwives are trained in the care of healthy women experiencing normal pregnancies. We have experience managing many complications of childbirth and know when to refer moms and babies for medical care.
In Washington State, we are lucky to have had licensure available to midwives for over 30 years. We are called Licensed Midwives (LM). We have a robust licensing process, starting with the initial training and testing requirements. Prospective LMs must attend 100 births, learn to manage many complications, and complete hundreds of clinical hours before taking their national and state exams. To maintain licensure, LMs must show continuing education, statistical collection, and transport plans. The quality of our LMs is amazing and many states look to us.
Homebirth is a safe, comfortable, individualized, and cost-effective way to birth your baby. It merges the wisdom of women’s bodies and traditional remedies with evidence-based practice, attentive care, and medical referral when needed. It is so much more than you think AND so much different than you have experienced.