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I have 4 children and am now pregnant with my 5th. I have had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries with all of them. I want to have my 5th one at home but I am having a hard time finding a midwife for a homebirth. Any suggestions??
 

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In New York (I live in Saratoga Springs) it's illegal for a midwife to assist at a homebirth. Your best bet is to look for midwives in Vermont who will travel over; there are a few of those lurking around. Occasionally, there are midwives who will do homebirths anyhow, but I only know of some near Albany, so that's not much help to you. :/
 

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My mother knows a women who is a mid wife I will ask her if she does home births I know she home birthed her children and assisted in her daughters homebirth I am not to sure what she is doing now though. Ohh and welcome to Mothering!! We WNYers are planning a picnic soon if you wnat to join in there is a Thread for WNY!!
 

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Thanks for your information!! I would be interested in the picnic. What is the name of the thread or how might I find it. I am new to this site and have no idea how to find anything! Thanks!!
 

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Hi, NurseAndMommy! The thread we have going is "where did all the wnyers go?" and it's on the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania page, where this thread is.
 

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Originally Posted by Princessenoire View Post
In New York (I live in Saratoga Springs) it's illegal for a midwife to assist at a homebirth. Your best bet is to look for midwives in Vermont who will travel over; there are a few of those lurking around. Occasionally, there are midwives who will do homebirths anyhow, but I only know of some near Albany, so that's not much help to you. :/

Are you certain? My friend had a homebirth in Buffalo. Eileen Stewart assisted.

http://directory.buffaloathome.com/M...0284.home.html

It was five years ago, maybe the laws have changed?
 

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i think it might be illegal if a non-liscensed midwife assisted a homebirth in nys. (a midwife was arrested for this in syracuse about 10 years ago. she now practices in vermont.)
another mama on here (in ny) is planning on a homebirth with a midwife, so i dont think its illegal. and when i called dd's dr's office to ask to reserve a spot for our new baby, the secretary asked if we were having a homebirth.
i doubt a vermont midwife would travel from vt to buffalo for a birth. you might have the baby before she got there! plus that would be a bit of a road trip for prenatal visits!
i know there are 2 homebirth midwives in ithaca, but that's about 2+ hours from you.
 

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Are you certain? My friend had a homebirth in Buffalo. Eileen Stewart assisted.
Eileen has retired from her midwifery practice.
There are currently no homebirth CNMs that I know of in WNY.

Homebirthing in not illegal in New York State, but only Certified Nurse Midwives can legally assist.
 

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It is not quite true that only CNMs can do homebirths in NY. One has to be a "LM" a designation that is unique to NY. There are a few CPMs (certified professional midwives; certified through NARM) who have also become LMs in NY. The NY state assoc. of licensed midwives has links to information about all this stuff on their website (NYSALM.org, i think). Also, NY Friends of Midwives has a yahoo group, and you may find more info from Citizens for Midwifery. It is NOT illegal to have a homebirth in NY! It is just very difficult to find a midwife in some areas.
There are several homebirth midwives in the Finger Lakes, and one that I know of in the greater Rochester area. I think she may travel to Buffalo, but I don't know that for sure. The Rochester Birth Network could give you referrals and contacts for her, other midwives and birth centers in the area. They have a website. (rochesterbirthnetwork.com).
 

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I've heard from a reliable source that there should be a homebirth MW coming to WNY to serve the Amish population there. I don't have more details about this but I found this out from my MW within the last few weeks.
 

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I've heard from a reliable source that there should be a homebirth MW coming to WNY to serve the Amish population there. I don't have more details about this but I found this out from my MW within the last few weeks.
Maybe there's hope. I must find out about this mw of mystery. I wonder if she would serve the non-Amish population as well.
 

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here, and they DO attend non-Amish, as well, but they have to be VERY careful, as it is a felony to do so! I just had a homebirth with a wonderful mw, who is fully trained to be a cnm, but chose to attend hb's instead! Unfortunately, she just moved to CO! BUT, there are more
 

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chautauqua county is rumored to having a new midwife...
 
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