Attending births with a CPM - page 3

I am graduating with my BSN next month (yay!) and I was thinking of assisting a CPM to gain experience with homebirths. Someone mentioned to me that it might not be a good idea because if there's... Read More

  1. by   LibraSunCNM
    Quote from rac1
    Thanks for the clarification. Your words came across strongly to me, and it's rough hearing such negativity when I do not feel that I embody such negativity in that way.

    Anyway - I don't remember stating anything about giving up on midwifery because of ob rotation. But I recently did reply to someone else that spoke that way and my response was very positive.
    I'm sorry you felt my comments were rough to hear. They are just one CNM's opinions. In healthcare, and OB in particular, it's vital to grow a thick skin. For what it's worth, here is the thread I was referencing: L & D experience and CNM -- opinions!. Again, good luck and take care.
  2. by   klone
    My second child was a homebirth with 2 CPMs, and they did a fabulous job. I would not hesitate to choose a well-qualified CPM for a homebirth in the hypothetical situation of having another child.
  3. by   Leader25
    CPM????
  4. by   queenanneslace
    I attended births with CPMs, and at one point was apprenticing to become a CPM. I had chosen that route because I felt pulled toward that model of care, and wanted to provide midwifery services in out-of-hospital settings.

    I concur with the other posters here who have concerns about the education and training of CPMs. So I won't repeat myself.

    I will say that the last birth I attended with a CPM (in a home setting) was during nursing school. Once I had my RN license, I was very reluctant (resistant) to jeopardizing my license by even being present with a CPM at a home birth. And they ask me... because I think it lends legitimacy to what they're doing: "My birth assistant is an RN!"

    I know how the board of nursing regulates nursing in my state, and I know how midwifery is *not* really regulated in my state (despite CPMs being licensed), I do not want to take the chance of being present at a home birth gone wrong.

    No question in my mind that I would be subject to scrutiny for my professional actions (or inactions), and held to a higher standard than the CPM.
  5. by   rac1
    Quote from LibraSunCNM
    I'm sorry you felt my comments were rough to hear. They are just one CNM's opinions. In healthcare, and OB in particular, it's vital to grow a thick skin. For what it's worth, here is the thread I was referencing: L & D experience and CNM -- opinions!. Again, good luck and take care.
    You don't have to be sorry for your comments. It's good to hear things like that, I was just looking for your perspective and trying to figure out why you were saying what you were. The thread you referenced doesn't have me saying anything about giving up because of my OB rotation..? So I don't know what you are talking about. I had a wonderful OB rotation, and I have been to countless hospital births as a doula. Again, I did recently see someone else post about the OB rotation in nursing...not sure if that is what you're referring to because I did respond to that one....

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