Quote from cayenne06
No advice really as I am going through the process right now. I am a CPM and just graduated nursing school
on my way to CNM. Midwives in Mass have recently been given greater autonomy, and while I don't think any CNMs currently do home birth, they could in theory. Just like anywhere, midwives are going to vary in how much they follow a "midwifery" model vs a medical model.
My pipe dream is to work with a CNM/OB group affiliated with a major medical center, and offer home birth with complete continuity of care in the event of a transfer. I think it would be awesome, and add a greater element of safety since in my opinion the biggest problem with home birth in the U.S. is that home birth midwives are not fully integrated into the medical system.
Hi Cayenne06! I know this is an old thread, but I think we may be in a similar boat. I've got a few questions I'm hoping that you can answer. Firstly, are you applying to Baystate's program for 2013? (I saw your comment on another thread). I'm a BSN-RN and Im debating between Baystate and Frontier but I'm leaning more toward Baystate, it seems like a great program. Have you ever heard of the MS in Midwifery being a hindrance to finding work compared to the MSN?
Also, I've been having trouble getting a clear answer on the following two questions:
1.) Because of the new law, can MA CNMs now attend home births? Where can I confirm this info?
2.) As an RN w a MA license, can I attend home births as midwife's assistant (and only do tasks which I've been trained to do as a nurse, no baby catching,etc), or would I be stepping outside my scope of practice? I have a CPM who would be willing to work w me and would the opportunity.
I just moved to MA from NY where CPMs are sadly not recognized, but CNMs have a lot of autonomy. Also, I have several RN friends who are home birth midwife assistants. I hadn't realized it could be an issue until I moved here.
Any info you could share w be really appreciated! : ) thanks!