Every Woman Deserves A Midwife

I am a Midwife and this is MY Moment of Truth.  When my husband and I decided to start our family, well let’s just say, a long time ago; I realized that I wanted something more, needed something more from my healthcare provider.  I chose a nurse midwife.  All three of my children were born into the loving hands of the women who also raised me, lifted me up, taught me to be who I am today.  For bringing my children safely into this world, for helping me to be a mother, for mentoring me, I am forever in your dept.  Thank You from the bottom of my heart!!

I believe that God called me to be a midwife, just as God called me to be a wife and a mother.   I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I have always said that I wanted to give back to women the gift that was given to me (us).  My husband and my children do just that as well.  They understand the gift that we were given and understand the mission.  When mom is on call and duty calls,  all is well.  Life is fine.  My children are no worse for the wear.  My hubby rules the roost:)

This is just a little piece of heaven that I get to experience with women…made for me by a very special patient….take a look….

Just as I accepted the calling in the beginning, I have resigned myself to the fact that my new role is now one of advocate.  My mission, my partners’ mission, has always been to serve the women of Northern Ky.  We were born here, we were raised here, we consider the women of Northern Ky. “our women”.  Now, the choices for midwifery care have been limited yet again.  We believe that women deserve choices.  We believe that every woman deserves care that is respectful, that is focused on her own set of unique needs, that includes her as a partner, and is driven by sound, evidenced -based care.  This is the type of care that we provide.

Over the last several weeks, this is just a sampling of the things we have heard women say….over and over and over again.

You (ladies) were the first people that ever listed to me

I came to you because I wanted a midwife

I want a natural childbirth and I know that you will be with me

I am staying with you

You need to open your own practice

You need to open your own birth center

Women are tired of having the rug pulled out from under them

There is no way that I can possibly articulate each woman’s story.  They are very personal and I cannot possibly do them justice.  However, there is a way for everyone to be heard…to use our voices!!!

Get Involved in Our Moment of Truth

Rather than telling you how you should maintain your health or who you should be working with, Our Moment of Truth™ encourages you to become aware of your health care options and make informed decisions based on what’s best for your own needs and preferences. Our Moment of Truth offers education and options so that you can seek the best type of care and provider for your needs and improve your well-being through campaign information and resources.

 

By participating in the Our Moment of Truth campaign, you can help increase understanding of women’s health care needs and the types of services that should be available to meet them. Let’s work together to make change happen—learn more about easy ways to get involved and share Your Moment of Truth.

 

Take the Pledge [link to http://ourmomentoftruth.midwife.org/OMOT_TakeThePledge]

Share Your Story [link to http://ourmomentoftruth.midwife.org/OMOT_ShareYourStory]

Please, also leave your stories on our page here or on our Facebook page.  How has this affected you?

Our Moment of Truth and the American College of Nurse-Midwives

 

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)—one of the oldest women’s health care organizations in the United States—is the national organization that represents certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives in the United States. ACNM has embarked on an ambitious plan to help the United States refocus on and improve women’s health care services and, as a result, women’s health. With Our Moment of Truth, ACNM aims to redefine how women understand the health care options available to them.

 

Learn more about ACNM by visiting www.midwife.org.

 

Visit www.ourmomentoftruth.com to learn more about how the high-quality care of a midwife can address women’s needs.

It’s time for a change!!!!!!

 

 

Until We Meet Again: The Dissolution of a Practice

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Gianna, daughter of Lindsey and Nick Martin, being welcomed into the loving hands of Shauna Zerhusen

It is with great sadness that we announce that The Christ Hospital has decided to dissolve The Christ Hospital Physician’s Certified Nurse Midwifery practice after only ten months.  We are sad for our women especially who took the great leap of faith to follow us, believing that we would be by their sides for the most important and intimate times of their lives.  We believed that this would be a permanent home for us, and we would never had asked women to follow us if we thought that this wouldn’t be the case.  For this we are truly sorry.  That fact that we will not be by our women’s sides, to be there for the birth of their babies, to see them through their journey to becoming parents, truly breaks our hearts.

 

The truth of the matter is this, health care is a business.  Women need to have choices in the type of care that they receive and they also need to let health systems know that money should not be the only force that drives the decisions of policy makers.  Our Midwifery practice had less than an 8.75% cesarean rate, a 4% episiotomy rate, a 70% natural child birth rate, all with exceptional maternal and neonatal outcomes. Yet our care was not supported.  We believe that every woman deserves a midwife for her obstetric and gynecologic care should she so choose.  We also believe that woman are best served when a partnership is created between midwives, their collaborating obstetricians and a hospital system that all respect and value the services each bring to the table.  We have found that recognizing such physicians and systems is harder than it seems, but it is possible.  We have been overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of support that we have received from our patients, fellow midwives, physician colleagues, friends and families.  We are very hopeful that we will find a new group of physicians to back us and we are actively working on securing a new home for our practice.  As we know more, we will continue to keep you updated here.

In the mean time, we understand that woman need to continue their care.  We know from experience that it is women who make the health care decisions for their families.  Moving forward, we hope that everyone is able to continue with care givers that provide the same level of service that we provided in our practice.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” -Maya Angelou