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Mamatoga Fall 2012_Layout 1 9/11/12 4:15 PM Page 55 Is homebirth for everyone? No. A rather small percentage of the population of pregnant women in the United States choose homebirth (under 4 percent). We at Family Life Midwifery, PLLC work closely with every woman to ensure her pregnancy remains low-risk and healthy through extensive prenatal appointments, which typically last 60 to 90 minutes. Having a homebirth requires a level of responsibility on the part of the woman and her partner to maintain optimal physical and emotional health and wellbeing. In so doing, families feel more empowered about their health. We help women prepare for the hard work of labor and natural birth. Surrounded by supportive people of her own choosing in a comfortable and familiar environment, a woman may feel remarkably less inhibited in expressing her natural and individual responses to labor. The ability to move around without restriction, the option for eating and drinking in labor and a less time-driven focus on the wide range of what constitutes a normal labor are all advantages that women seek when choosing birth at home. What is the first step in finding a homebirth provider? Whatever place of birth a woman and her partner consider, we highly suggest shopping around for the best fit: personably, philosophically, emotionally and geographically. Family Life Midwifery, PLLC offers a free consultation that lasts over an hour and we provide a packet of information about our homebirth services, our childbirth education classes and other support groups, and our professional labor support/doula services. We believe that every woman seeking support for natural birth deserves a doula, and every woman desiring a homebirth deserves well-qualified homebirth midwifery services. In addition to homebirth services with Family Life Midwifery, PLLC, the Family Life Center offers doula support services. We do, however, encourage women to find the doula best for them by visiting the Doula Network of the Capital Region’s website: Are midwives qualified for homebirth and licensed in New York? Midwives licensed by New York State are recognized as qualified planned homebirth providers. Licensed Midwives in New York (LMs) are independent, primary care providers who practice primary health care for women and newborns in hospitals, birth centers and home settings. They are eligible for hospital privileges, they have prescriptive privileges, they have full access to diagnostic and laboratory services, and they can bill insurance companies for their care. Betsy Mercogliano, owner of Family Life Midwifery, PLLC and longtime director of the Albany-based Family Life Center is a Licensed Midwife (LM) in New York, a nationally recognized Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) as well as a nationally recognized Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), a doula and a childbirth educator. Her assistant, Tisha Graham, is a nationally recognized Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), a licensed midwife in Vermont (LM), a Certified Doula, a Certified Childbirth Educator and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Together they provide a wide array of services to pregnant women and their families here in Saratoga Springs and throughout the Capital District. We welcome any inquiries about our services and would look forward to arranging a consultation in our Saratoga Springs office to see how we can best meet your needs throughout your childbearing years. Family Life Midwifery, PLLC Family Life Center 69 Van Dam Street, Saratoga Springs, NY (518) 465-0241 Betsy Mercogliano, LM, CNM, CPM, CCE, CD (518) 449-5759 Tisha Graham, CPM, CCE, ICD, CLC (518) 584-6619 Mamatoga Magazine |55

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