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I just recently found out I am 7 weeks pregnant and I am interested in going the homebirthing route.  I am having a hard time finding a comprehensive resource of CNM's who are licensed in Maryland.  Does anyone have any recommendations?  The only woman I know of, Evelyn, had her license suspended and when she attended my friends birth she got a call for another birth and left her there with her assistant and was not present when my friend delivered.  This scares me so I am looking for others who may have less mom's on their rosters.  Any input would be much appreciated.

post #2 of 10

There must be some homebirth assistance near Baltimore,Maryland? right?

anyone have any info for this mama???

post #3 of 10

Let me check for you.  I'm in the northern Shenandoah Valley, so I'm close enough that my midwife might know who's in your area.
 

post #4 of 10

My MW says Karen Webster is north of Baltimore.  Says she's very experienced and that's who she (my MW) did her skills test with.

 

http://womanwise.info/contact/

The info on her site suggests she's in VA, not MD, but she helps in midwifery training in this general area, so even if that's the case, she can probably point you to someone.
 

post #5 of 10

I'm in the Baltimore Area, mama. We have a group of dedicated HB supporters working to improve access to homebirth midwifery care here in MD. 

 

Here is a link to that political action group: http://marylandfamiliesforsafebirth.org/

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brightlove- As far as I know there are no practicing homebirth CNMs in MD.  I do believe there are some CPMs who practice in the DC area and also some who practice in WV or PA and travel into parts of MD.  Unfortunately the homebirth climate in MD is a hostile one towards midwives so information is often hard to come by.  I live outside of Baltimore and didn't feel comfortable with traveling long distances to see a CPM and have decided to have a hospital birth with a CNM.  Not my first choice but the one I felt most comfortable with at this time with all the limited options here. 

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brightlove- As far as I know there are no practicing homebirth CNMs in MD.  I do believe there are some CPMs who practice in the DC area and also some who practice in WV or PA and travel into parts of MD.  Unfortunately the homebirth climate in MD is a hostile one towards midwives so information is often hard to come by.  I live outside of Baltimore and didn't feel comfortable with traveling long distances to see a CPM and have decided to have a hospital birth with a CNM.  Not my first choice but the one I felt most comfortable with at this time with all the limited options here. 

 

I'm in DC, and don't follow the Maryland politics on the issue much, but I do know there are at least a couple of CNMs in MD: the OP should look up MAMAS Midwives in Takoma Park/Silver Spring (Erin Fulham and Mairi Breen Rothman - they have a website) or Susan Dodge, who is a solo practitioner.  Susan lives in the Annapolis area, and was a backup for the MAMAs midwives but attended my homebirth 18 months ago...

post #8 of 10

You might want to consider going to Special Beginnings if you aren't able to connect with a homebirth midwife. I had my third baby there when we lived in Maryland.

 

http://www.specialbeginnings.com/

post #9 of 10
I live in Baltimore now, but I was in Virginia for 5 years where I gave birth to my daughter with a home birth CNM. I am currently researching midwifery school and to my disappointment I read that it is illegal for CNMs to attend home births in the state of Maryland. If I am wrong please correct me, but I did a lot of research. I am also a doula and if you are looking for any support please PM me smile.gif
post #10 of 10

EBM, MD has not recognized the CPM for some time (the may never have?) but there were CPMs working here and with CNMs HB was accessible up until about 2 years ago when two prominent midwives stopped practicing. At this point, it is very hard to find a MW in MD. See my link above for information about one way to get involved. 

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