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post #21 of 55
I'm sooooo super excited about the victory here in Missouri. Now my midwife is legal.... yay!

As for someone asking about finding midwives in missouri check out this site (although their notice about CNM's being the only legal midwives is out of date now..!) http://missourimidwives.net/ Look for ones who have the credentials 'CPM' for legal midwives in missouri .

Just use the above link as a place to 'start' anyway.... try googling to find other resources for searching out local midwife practices as well.
post #22 of 55
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Originally Posted by sonshine_rae View Post
I'm sooooo super excited about the victory here in Missouri. Now my midwife is legal.... yay!

As for someone asking about finding midwives in missouri check out this site (although their notice about CNM's being the only legal midwives is out of date now..!) http://missourimidwives.net/ Look for ones who have the credentials 'CPM' for legal midwives in missouri .

Just use the above link as a place to 'start' anyway.... try googling to find other resources for searching out local midwife practices as well.
Thanks for the link! I just looked, but unfortunately the closest midwife listed is 202 miles away from me. I'm in St. Louis. I'll bookmark it though with the hope that others will be added. I've googled as well, but I'm not having any luck. Hopefully once the 10 day waiting period is over I'll have more luck.

I've also learned that while I may be able to have a legal homebirth now, it might be difficult to have a midwife for a hospital birth since they don't have hospital privileges. Homebirth is not an option for me, so I may end up sticking with my OB.
post #23 of 55


Another Missourian who thinks this is great news!!!!
post #24 of 55
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and I think hospital births without a doctor.
No, they wouldn't meet the hospital's requirements for privileges. CPM's are almost exclusively homebirth or birth center based.
post #25 of 55
This is such great news.
post #26 of 55
I am so so excited about this, but...

For those who are pg now and looking to have a "legal" midwife-attended hb in StL, I want to reiterate what was posted above. There aren't any CPMs here currently, afaik. I think that will change quickly, but maybe not as quickly as this fall. Your birth will be legal, but your midwife will still not be recognized by the state.

But that doesn't mean hb isn't still a great option!

Sorry to be a downer, I just felt the need to clarify. Back to the
post #27 of 55
I just heard about this .... wooooo-hoooooo!

I believe there are only 2 CNMs in the state that do home births (so I heard) and I am lucky enough to live near one and I'm already working with her. I am so happy this opens up the options for women in the future. It is like pulling teeth to find the other midwives and now they can finally get their credentials and come out of hiding!!

I think that you can find a midwife through FOMMs - http://www.friendsofmomidwives.org/
Here, for instance, they have local meetings where you can meet up with the right people.

Like Ellie's Mom said, I don't think there are any CPMs because they didn't gain anything by being licensed. That will change soon and before long midwives will be able to advertise their services without fear of being targeted and prosecuted and it will be easier for women to choose a home birth and find a suitable midwife!!!!
post #28 of 55
This is wonderful, though unfortunately it's not a very viable option for me since I have mercycare plus and they won't cover anything. Thankfully my husband is an EMT and in class to become a paramedic! I'm planning to labor as long as possible at home, and I'd be quite happy to hb but I don't want to put to much pressure on myself.
post #29 of 55
If anyone knows of a midwife who would do a homebirth in mid-MO, like, say..Marshall/Sedalia/Warrensburg-ish..please let me know! I've looked through every directory of midwives I can find to no avail. I'm due at the end of October and it would be so amazing if I could find someone by then. Even DP is on board after seeing The Business of Being Born.
post #30 of 55
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If anyone knows of a midwife who would do a homebirth in mid-MO, like, say..Marshall/Sedalia/Warrensburg-ish..please let me know! I've looked through every directory of midwives I can find to no avail. I'm due at the end of October and it would be so amazing if I could find someone by then. Even DP is on board after seeing The Business of Being Born.
There is a birth center in Columbia. I'll bet you could contact them to get some leads. Here is the link: http://www.birthcolumbia.org/
post #31 of 55
Ok, CNMs, come on over to Missouri! How great would it be to have a birth center in STL??? There is definitely a missing niche that could be quickly filled!!! A girl can dream, right?
post #32 of 55
This is so great!!!
post #33 of 55
Yay, that's great! I hope my state will follow suit soon.
post #34 of 55
Yay, Yay, yay! Thanks to Sen. Louden and all those who worked so hard to make this possible!!::: Bring on the CNMs!!!
post #35 of 55
Er....don't you mean, 'Bring on the CPMs' ??? That is, Certified Professional Midwives....non-nurse, Direct Entry Mws who are now legal under the MO court ruling on the legislation Louden snuck in last year.

CNMs are nurse-midwives who may well be legal in one way to practice homebirth in accordance with this new law--but they have their own Med/Nursing Practice Act regs to deal with. Unlike CPMs, who are not under the med and nursing boards in the state (and I hope I don't sound too ignorant here, since I'm not from MO--just saying how it is in my state next door, which I suspect is quite similar in MO)
post #36 of 55
Does anyone know if there was an appeal filed? I have been trying to contain my excitement for the 10 day waiting period. Can't seem to find it anywhere. Of course it was over on July 4th, so maybe we'll have to wait until Monday to find out?

Julie
post #37 of 55
MsBlack, that is correct... CNMs were already legal. I am working with one. She was a DEM in another state and did the additional work to become legal here. I have heard there are only two in the state that do homebirths, but I am not positive.

simplelife - I'm not sure. I haven't heard anything about the possibility of an appeal. From the news I read, it sounds like the biggest battle will be in the legislature. This article says something about a "rehearing" but says they are rarely granted:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...7?OpenDocument
post #38 of 55
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Originally Posted by Mama-mana View Post

simplelife - I'm not sure. I haven't heard anything about the possibility of an appeal. From the news I read, it sounds like the biggest battle will be in the legislature. This article says something about a "rehearing" but says they are rarely granted:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...7?OpenDocument
Thanks. I just used the wrong word! I couldn't remember what it was the term was called that they used in the article.

Julie
post #39 of 55
I hope hope HOPE that this has enough steam behind it to get more states on board. I am a doula, moving to Iowa and want to start my CPM training there. WTG MISSOURI!
post #40 of 55
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Originally Posted by simple life View Post
Does anyone know if there was an appeal filed? I have been trying to contain my excitement for the 10 day waiting period. Can't seem to find it anywhere. Of course it was over on July 4th, so maybe we'll have to wait until Monday to find out?

Julie
It's official! No appeal to be filed Check it out here.

Now we just need some of these ladies around StL to get themselves certified!
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