lay midwife


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lay midwife

Community midwife, independent midwife Obstetrics A midwife who may have had little formal training or recognized professional education in midwifery, who learned by accompanying doctors or midwives attending home births; LMs became active in the counterculture movement of the 1970s and are the main attendants at home births. See Midwife.
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Several independent events in the 1920s would act together to lead to the rapid decline of the lay midwife.
The final two memoirs we review center around the life of Claudine Curry Smith, who is described in Memories of a Black Lay Midwife as "the last lay midwife to practice in the area of rural Virginia known as the Lower Northern Neck" (ii).
Because the knowledge base and experience of the lay midwife and the parturient women were quite similar, we often approached this care together as friends.
The morning was like a drop-in centre where children played together and women conversed while they waited to see the lay midwife of their choice in one of several bedrooms upstairs.
Lynne Himmelreich, RN, CNM, ARNP and Betty Lord Dinan, RN, INA Lobbyist role played a conversation between a nurse and a legislator on the lay midwife bill.
A rural Wisconsin lay midwife was charged in connection with the death of an infant she delivered.
If you live in the following states or the District of Columbia, it is illegal for a lay midwife to deliver a baby: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming.
But it is important to note that there is a difference between a lay midwife and a nurse midwife, said Phyllis Long, a nurse midwife who heads the program on community-based nurse midwife education at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Wendover, Ky.
Maggie Bennett, lay midwife and President of the California Association of Midwives, in the video, Gentle Birth Choices, says, "Each woman that's alive today is the product of thirty million years of excellence in childbearing.
I have had two children at home and am 2-1/2 years into my own training as a lay midwife.
The bills introduced support licensing lay midwifes by apprenticeship and self study.