Researching Homebirth Safety

“Outcomes of care for 16,984 planned home births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004-2009.” published January 2014 in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

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“Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician ” published September 15, 2009 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal

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“Perinatal mortality and morbidity in a nationwide cohort of 529,688 low-risk planned home and hospital births” A study carried out in the Netherlands, published April 15, 2009 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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“Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America” published June 18, 2005 in the British Medical Journal

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Just for Midwives and Midwifery Students:

If you are a new midwife to our community, or a new midwifery student, we would like to welcome you! Here are a few ways to get connected to our midwifery community.

  1. • Join MCCPM. You’ll find an application on the “About MCCPM” page. All midwives and interested students (at any level) are welcome to our meetings, whether you are a member or not. Meetings are also listed on the “About MCCPM” page. Once a member, you will be added to our yahoo group for email list-serve communication.

  2. • Minnesota has a NACPM chapter, check out the NACPM MN Chapter website for more info for to join.

  3. • “midwifeminnesota” is a yahoo group that is an open list for all midwives, students, apprentices, and those interested in midwifery in Minnesota. You can add yourself by searching for this group on yahoo, or by contact the list moderator, Jana Studelska, CPM, LM.

  4. • “minnesotaOOHmidwives” is a yahoo group that is a communication list for CPMs, LMs, CNMs or traditional midwives, and their active apprentices, who practice in Minnesota in an out-of-hospital setting and who are part of MidwiferyNow or MCCPM. This list has restricted enrollment. Either search for this group and indicate your desire to subscribe, or contact the list moderator, Maureen Dahl, CPM, LM.

  5. • “MidwivesOnlyMinnesota” is a yahoo group that is a private discussion list for midwives, CPMs, and LMs who practice in the out of hospital setting in Minnesota. This list also has restricted enrollment. Either search for this group and indicate your desire to subscribe, or contact the list moderator, Maureen Dahl, CPM, LM.

  6. • “ClinicalRountable” is a yahoo group that is a private discussion list. The purpose of the clinical roundtable is to build community among Minnesota midwives as well as to share knowledge and experience about a specific issue in midwifery practice. What does the current research say about the issue? How does traditional midwifery approach the issue? How can we go forward balancing what the research says with intuition and the mother's wishes? We will: Review the current research, Share practice protocols/guidelines, Discuss informed consent/shared decision making, and Review cases pertinent to the issue. Either search for this group and indicate your desire to subscribe, or contact the list moderator, Aly Folin, CPM, LM.

  7. Midwifery Now! is the Minnesota state midwifery organization for all traditional midwives practicing in Minnesota. If you are practicing in Minnesota and are attending homebirths, and/or you are a CPM or other direct entry midwife, you are welcome to contact Midwifery Now! to attend quarterly meetings and join their email list. These meetings are also generally open to students.

  8. • The Minnesota Midwives Guild is the organization that holds our midwifery Standards of Care. This organization meets annually in the fall.

  9. Midwife Study Group Twin Cities is an active student group that meets weekly for study time, and monthly for guest speakers or other discussion topics. Membership is open to any interested student, as well midwives. Join them on Facebook to find out about meetings and events.

  10. • The MN Midwifery Bridge Club is a Facebook group with a few meetings a year dedicated to building a professional bridge between all types of midwives in Minnesota (CNMs, CPMs, LMs, TMs, etc).

  11. • The MSLC is intended to serve as a resource to the midwifery community – a safe space where midwives and students may, individually or in relationship, come to seek compassionate guidance, and to cultivate positive and robust learning and teaching modalities.

  12. • The Childbirth Collective is an organization of birth professionals who support women and families during the childbearing year. This group is made up of doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and others. The Childbirth Collective holds free Parent Topic Nights twice week. This organization is a great way to get connected with the rest of the birth community.

Un-Breaking Birth, a 32 minute TED talks style documentary on maternity care and home birth.