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Hello all,

I'm working on compiling a list of currently practising LEGAL homebirth midwives in NY state. I'm involved with a homebirth advocacy/activism group in upstate NY, and we are trying to establish ourselves as a resource for homebirthers across the state. We're hoping to have a comprehensive list of legal providers on our website (http://homebirthers.org).

I would be terribly appreciative if anyone here would give me the name and contact info of their own homebirth midwife, and any others you happen to know of. Before posting anything on our site, I intend to contact each midwife to verify her status, as well as ask her permission to list her. If you feel more comfortable sending me this info in a pm, that's fine.

Thank you in advance! I hope our group can become a real resource for New York.
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I was just coming here to post a question asking about homebirth in NY Not PG yet, but am entertaining the idea of homebirth VBAC, but I don't know if midwives can attend one here. It would be great if you could find that out too, if the midwife was willing to do VBAC at home and note that on the list.

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your list for western NY will be pretty short.

meg grindrod, CNM is about it. and yes she does lots of VBACs.

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Thanks for the name. I know, it's slim pickings all over the state, except downstate.
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I was just coming here to post a question asking about homebirth in NY Not PG yet, but am entertaining the idea of homebirth VBAC, but I don't know if midwives can attend one here. It would be great if you could find that out too, if the midwife was willing to do VBAC at home and note that on the list.
That's a great idea. I'll definitely make sure I note that on my list. I totally didn't think of that! And good luck on your future VBAC
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Oh, and Scootchsmom--what part of the state do you live in? As I come up with more midwives I can pass them along to you.
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It's my understanding that most homebirthing midwives are practicing underground in NYS. Direct-entry midwifery is illegal in NY, and CNMs have to work under the supervision of OBs - who tend to shy away from homebirth.

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It's my understanding that most homebirthing midwives are practicing underground in NYS. Direct-entry midwifery is illegal in NY, and CNMs have to work under the supervision of OBs - who tend to shy away from homebirth.
well, there aren't even very many of those. there were 2 in buffalo who mainly served the amish community, but one moved and the other isn't practicing.

i'm guessing there is someone in the southern tier serving the amish, but i have no idea who, and i know there is someone nearer syracuse, but again i don't know who.

CNMs don't have to work under the supervision of OBs. if they practice in a hospital the hospitals require the supervision of the midwife. a homebirth midwife needs to have an OB to whom they can refer in an emergency or otherwise. no supervision required.

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Oh, and Scootchsmom--what part of the state do you live in? As I come up with more midwives I can pass them along to you.
I'm currently in Queens, but we're moving to either Orange or Rockland county in the next few months.

Thanks! If you want my email address, PM me.

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I could not find the list of providers on the web site but there are MANY in NYC! I am working with Marcy Perlman Tardio but interviewed Joan Bryson and several others when I was making my decision.

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CNMs don't have to work under the supervision of OBs.

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a homebirth midwife needs to have an OB to whom they can refer in an emergency or otherwise. no supervision required.
You're right, I shouldn't have used the word "supervision".
However, the law is worded so that the collaborating physician technically gets the final say.

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Licensed midwives are independent practitioners with expertise in the care of essentially healthy women. Under New York State law, licensed midwives are required to establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with physicians, and to practice in accordance with a written agreement with a licensed physician or a hospital. Such agreements provide for physician consultation, collaboration, referral and emergency obstetrical coverage and include written guidelines and protocols. Agreements also include guidelines for identification of pregnancies which are not considered normal and the procedures that are to be followed in such cases. They provide that the judgment of the collaborating physician will prevail as to whether the pregnancy, childbirth or post-partum care is normal and whether the woman is essentially healthy, unless otherwise provided in the practice protocol. Licensed midwives consult with, co-manage or refer patients to collaborating physicians when a woman's and/or a newborn's condition indicates the need.
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if they practice in a hospital the hospitals require the supervision of the midwife.
Sorry - can you explain that?

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I have a New York specific question regarding midwife care:

I had GD during my first PG, never that bad, just had to watch my diet to keep my numbers under control. Is that going to risk me out of a midwife birth? I keep hearing about GD moms being told to go to an OB and that midwives won't do a homebirth with GD. Or is it up to the individual midwife to determine if it is a severe enough case to warrant sending me elsewhere?

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I have a New York specific question regarding midwife care:

I had GD during my first PG, never that bad, just had to watch my diet to keep my numbers under control. Is that going to risk me out of a midwife birth? I keep hearing about GD moms being told to go to an OB and that midwives won't do a homebirth with GD. Or is it up to the individual midwife to determine if it is a severe enough case to warrant sending me elsewhere?
not all midwives even believe GD is a real diagnosis, so it will really be up to the individual mw. it's a good thing to ask ahead of time.

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I could not find the list of providers on the web site but there are MANY in NYC! I am working with Marcy Perlman Tardio but interviewed Joan Bryson and several others when I was making my decision.
I am working with Marcy too. I first contacted Joan, but she is unavailable in August.

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