As an advocate for access to the Midwives Model of Care, TfM will let you know of any potential threats to access at the state level. If you are willing to contact your elected representative, senator or state agency in the event we need your voice, please provide us with either your email and mobile number for an Action Alert.
First licensed in 1806 by the Spanish Governor of Texas
, midwives have been the mainstay of maternity care in Texas. In 1995, when Governor George W. Bush declared May 5th to be Midwives Day, he said “Texas Department of Health data show that midwifery is a safe health care alternative for women with normal pregnancies and that midwives have the lowest incidence of low birthweight babies of all types of obstetrical attendants.”
Today, we have two types of midwives. Learn more about Certified Professional Midwives and Certified Nurse Midwives by visiting the websites of their professional organizations.
Texans for Midwifery is a statewide consumer group advocating for access to the Midwives Model of Care wherever families choose to birth.
In Texas, we are fortunate to have several types of providers licensed to provide maternity care. In addition to physicians, we have both Certified Professional Midwives and Certified Nurse Midwives. Midwives provide high-quality care for the mother throughout the childbearing cycle and assist with delivery in a variety of settings, both inside and outside of a hospital.
The Midwives Model of Care© includes:
- Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- Minimizing technological interventions
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
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