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I A closer look at why more women are choosing midwives for childbirth and routine care BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND PHOTOS BY JOHN JERNIGAN

f the word “midwife” brings to mind a self-taught woman in a broomstick skirt delivering babies at home with no pain medication, think again. Modern midwives defy these old stereotypes. Many not only have nursing degrees but also master’s and doctorate education on top of that. Although some deliver in home settings, many frequently deliver in a hospital where mothers using midwives have all of the same painrelief options as an obstetrician-attended birth. A midwife is defined as “a person who assists women in childbirth,” and although that description certainly fits anyone who assists with birth, it doesn’t address the differences that exist between midwives and their levels of education. Not all states are “midwife friendly,” but Florida has a long tradition of midwifery. A mother-to-be in Ocala has the choice of a Florida Licensed Midwife (LM) or a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Midwives often have more than one certification. For example, at Midwives of Ocala, the area’s oldest midwifery practice, each of the midwives is also registered in the state of Florida as an Advanced

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Marion Healthy Living May'13  

Inspiring A Healthier, Balanced Lifestyle

Marion Healthy Living May'13  

Inspiring A Healthier, Balanced Lifestyle