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#1 of 8 Old 05-02-2010, 09:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We are moving to Terre Haute, IN soon, from Madison, WI. WI legalizes midwives through licensure, and Madison has a great assortment of midwives to choose from. We had a CNM at our last homebirth. I would not feel comfortable with a midwife who did not have legal access to pitocin and other emergency equipment (doesn't have to be a CNM though).

We're not planning on having more kids for a few more years but I want to figure out my choices before I find out I am pregnant.

Does anyone know what the homebirth scene is like in Indiana in terms of legality? Where can I find more information? We'll have CIGNA if that matters. Looking at the hospital in Terre Haute, I do NOT want to have to go there if pregnant and would more than likely try to plan a pregnancy where I could move back here for a few months rather then deliver there.

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It's kinda legal from what I know. My homebirth mw is in IN and based out of Evansville. She carries oxygen, etc. from what I recall of her email. She has physician backup. She may be able to go that way, too. jenniferwilliamscpm.com She may know someone your way, if she can't.

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I would not feel comfortable with a midwife who did not have legal access to pitocin and other emergency equipment (doesn't have to be a CNM though).
Then you would need to find a CNM to attend you, as CPM licensure isn't recognized in the state of IN, therefore their access to pit and the like is technically illegal. Personally, it doesn't bother me.

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CPMs who have a physician back-up do carry pitocin and other emergency equipment, I know several who do. Unless you go with a CNM you will be paying out of pocket because CPMs are not covered by insurance here. There is a lovely CNM in Indianapolis who I think travels to Terre Haute, but I'm not sure. Her name is Linda Barton Kirch. As for the CPMs I don't regularly give out their names on the web to protect them but there are some who go to Terre Haute and you should be able to get in touch with them by contacting the Indiana Midwives Association .

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I didn't know that about the CPM's w/ backup...
I did get reimbursed for both of my births with CPM's, no issues.

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Thank you, ladies! I will definitely get ahold of IMA and ask them some questions. I'll also look up Linda Kirch.
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Lynda Barton-Kirch is who I used for my last homebirth. She is a CNM, and is absolutely wonderful. I can get you her contact info if you'd like it. She is here in Indy and I don't know how far she travels, but I know she'd would be able to give you names/numbers for other midwives.

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It's kinda legal from what I know. My homebirth mw is in IN and based out of Evansville. She carries oxygen, etc. from what I recall of her email. She has physician backup. She may be able to go that way, too. jenniferwilliamscpm.com She may know someone your way, if she can't.

Jennifer is in Bloomington... Evansville is 3 hours away and sort of a barren place for homebirth options, although we do have a fledgling birth network. I am planning to UC in Evansville due to lack of options. Sucks to be a Hoosier sometimes.

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