Pacific Birth Collective
Island of Maui
What is a Midwife? A Midwife is a Healthcare Provider who specializes in caring for women during their pregnancy, labor, birth and throughout their childbearing years for routine care. They are trained to support normal physiologic childbirth as well as to recognize and intervene when things extend beyond the scope of normal. Attending laboring women, they typically carry standard medical tools such as anti-bleeding medications and Oxygen. In comparison to an OB who will spend an average of 4 hours with a woman throughout the course of her pregnancy, birth and recovery, midwifery care is woman centered and a midwife will spend an average of 40 plus hours of individualized time with a woman throughout the same time span.
Care by a midwife should be a trusting relationship with a knowledgeable professional who supports your autonomy and empowers you with knowledge to take charge of your own health. Midwifery care on Maui is becoming increasingly accessible. We recently broke new ground with the first Nurse Midwife, CNM being granted hospital privileges at Maui Health Systems. She practices out of Malama I Ke Ola medical clinic in Wailuku. The 2019 legislative session passed SB1033 regulating and licensing the practice of midwifery care in the state of Hawaii. To find out how this will impact your access to care we encourage you to reach out and discuss these changes with midwives practicing in your community.
Find Tips for interviewing Midwives at the bottom of the page. And don't get confused by all those letters!
CPM—Certified Professional Midwife
DEM—Direct Entry Midwife
LMT—Licensed Massage Therapist
We recommend interviewing several to find one that is a good fit for you and your family. Most Midwives work for a flat fee or have a sliding scale and you will likely be paying for your midwife without the assistance of insurance. You will want to make sure they offer the services, attitude, and philosophy you agree with. The ability to honestly express yourself and concerns to your midwife, or any health care professional, is central to being able to make an informed decision concerning your care. Make sure that you choose a midwife who you trust and who will be available when you need them, respect your opinions, values, and listen. The following are some suggestions for finding the best midwife for you.