A midwife is a health care professional who cares for women during their pregnancy, labor, birth and throughout their childbearing years for routine care. They are trained to support normal physiologic childbirth as well as to recognize and intervene when things extend beyond the scope of normal. Attending laboring women, they typically carry standard medical tools such as anti-bleeding medications and Oxygen.
Care by a midwife should be a trusting relationship with a knowledgeable professional who supports your autonomy and empowers you with knowledge to take charge of your own health. A midwife typically sees a woman once per month for 1 to 2 hrs during her pregnancy, once weekly starting around 36 weeks gestation. They attend the labor and birth and typically stay for 3 to 6 hours after the birth until everyone is tucked in and ready for a good nap. They will then see you around 24hrs and several times during the first weeks and months after the birth. CNM Midwives on Maui are working towards achieving hospital privileges with Maui Health Systems. Until that happens see the list below of our island midwives willing—and trained—to catch your baby at home!
Find Tips for interviewing Midwives at the bottom of the page. And don't get confused by all those letters!
CPM—Certified Professional Midwife
DEM—Direct Entry Midwife
LMT—Licensed Massage Therapist
Finding and Interviewing Midwives
We recommend interviewing several to find one that is a good fit for you and your family. Most Midwives work for a flat fee or have a sliding scale and you will likely be paying for your midwife without the assistance of insurance. You will want to make sure they offer the services, attitude, and philosophy you agree with. The ability to honestly express yourself and concerns to your midwife, or any health care professional, is central to being able to make an informed decision concerning your care. Make sure that you choose a midwife who you trust and who will be available when you need them, respect your opinions, values, and listen. The following are some suggestions for finding the best midwife for you.