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What are Professional Midwives?

 

Some women choose to hire private, or 'independent' midwives for their antenatal care and the birth of their baby. These are fully qualified, self-employed midwives called Certified Professional Midwifes (CPM). For many women, the appeal of an independent midwife is the continuation of care by the same person throughout pregnancy, particularly if they have chosen to have a home birth.

How much does one cost?

The cost of a care package from an professional midwife varies from state, but as a rough guide, you can except to pay anywhere between $1,800-$3,500 for the support and services of a private midwife throughout your pregnancy, the birth of your baby and the first few weeks after.

Independent midwives are insured and just like the staff you would encounter on the maternity unit in hospital they are regulated by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). They are also required to keep up to date with changes in clinical practice.

Where can I find an private midwife?

If you do decide you want to have an private professional midwife for your pregnancy and birth, have a look at Midwifes Alliance North America (MANA) for details of practitioners and laws in your state, and speak to other women and friends who have chosen this option for their maternity care. 

The most important thing is that you feel safe, confident, and that you form a bond with the person who will be looking after you throughout your pregnancy and your baby's birth.

 

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