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Instead of posting this question here, check out these resources:
- MANA [the Midwives Alliance of North America] MANA is an alliance for all midwives, and most of their members are Certified Professional Midwives. Almost all work in the home or in freestanding birth centers. You can email them for a list of midwives, both direct-entry and some nurse-midwives, in your state; although this does not get you references, it can be a good place to start your search. Even states where direct-entry midwifery is being actively prosecuted, there are often a few midwives available. Check out their "Find a MANA member" page.
- ACNM [the American College of Nurse Midwives] See also www.mymidwife.org The ACNM is the regulating body for Certified Nurse Midwives (licensed for practice, although not always homebirth practice, in every state) and Certified Midwives (a newer certification only licensed in a couple states), the vast majority of whom work in hospitals or hospital-attached birth centers, but some of whom run freestanding birth centers or have a homebirth practice, either primarily or as a "side job". You can search for practices near you that have at least one CNM or CM; you can even choose to search only for practices that offer homebirth. Again, you will still need to ask for references and interview the practice, but this gives you someplace to start.
- FYT [Finding Your Tribe here at Mothering Dot Commune] Questions at MDC looking for midwife recommendations or about specific midwives should be placed in your local FYT subforum. Although not all equally active, we have subforums for every state in the US, and most countries or regions around the world. Please do not post information about a specific midwife or practice that may be considered defamatory or libelous. If you are looking for or wish to offer experiences that may be considered so, please do so via the Private Messaging system.
- Your local midwifery activism group. Almost all states in the US, and many countries elsewhere in the world, have an active midwifery promotion/defense group. Search for "midwife" and your state and you may be able to find something. They are often called "friends of midwives" or "midwives alliance". Also check out Citizens for Midwifery, a national midwifery advocacy organization. They have a page on finding a midwife that may also be helpful.
And, of course, many people choose to birth at home without any midwives or medical professionals in attendance at all. If you are interested in learning more about this option, please browse the Unassisted Childbirth forum
here at MDC.
It is almost always
possible to find a midwife to attend you in either your home or a freestanding birth center if you look hard enough. Especially if your search is difficult due to unnecessarily and unscientifically restrictive midwifery laws, consider writing your state congressional representatives to let them know how important an issue this is for you. Conversely, if you are blessed to live in an area where you have an abundance of midwives, and are able to pick and choose, write to your state congressional representatives thanking them for supporting your rights as a health care consumer to choose the best birth attendant for you. It is only because of women who came before us and took the time to advocate for birth choices that we have midwives available to us at all; if they are lacking in your area, it is up to you to help create those options for the women who follow you.
Good luck, and good birth.