Who am I? I am a wife and mother to seven children. I am blessed beyond measure that I have had a wonderfully supportive husband for over 23 years who has encouraged me in my calling. Six of our children were born into the hands of midwives from Texas to Mississippi. I am continually in awe of the work the Lord has placed upon my heart; to serve women for the past 20 years!
I’ve always believed that women were given a unique purpose in this life. God designed our bodies to conceive, grow and feed the next generation. The human body is an amazing thing to behold! Most of the time, body systems function perfectly, you breathe without thinking, your heart beats without effort and all of our body systems work together to bring about you!
When things don’t function as they should, that is when most of us seek out health professionals to help us.
Midwives, who receive extensive education and training, are qualified to attend to low risk women who desire a home birth. Midwives have proven over and over again, that they can and do safely attend to women who are low risk for complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Midwives aren’t there for when everything is going perfectly smoothly. Midwives are there because they are knowledgeable in normal, monitor for normal and are with the laboring mother for the majority of their labors. Midwives can detect when something is out of the range of normal and can work to stabilize or transfer when the care the mother or baby requires or exceeds that of her scope of practice.
I am credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the Midwives Model of Care. The CPM is the only midwifery credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings. (www.narm.org)
I am a Licensed Midwife Practitioner in the state of Tennessee and have a consulting physician.
I am certified in CPR for the Healthcare Provider, Neonatal Resuscitation, Emergency Birth Skills trained, and am passed the National Registry EMT exam, but not actively working as an EMT. I recently completed Basic Disaster Birth Support and am qualified to offer birth support in emergency conditions.
I serve women both in the home, as a MIDWIFE, and in the hospital as a DOULA (Professional Labor Assistant). On occasion, I teach classes at my office in Olive Branch, Mississippi. I am a member in good standing with the Mississippi Midwives Association, Tennessee Midwives Association, the Midwives Alliance of North America, the National Association for Certified Professional Midwives and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. I regularly attend meetings with midwives in the Memphis, Tennessee area, as well as the midwives of Mississippi.
I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR NURSE.
It is also important that anyone wishing to hire a midwife in Mississippi understand that there are no regulations for midwives, or protections under the law for consumers. Each consumer must be vigilant in checking out anyone they wish to hire for themselves. Ask for references. Look for credentials. Is the midwife competent and trained to attend to home birth? What is her training? Does she work with anyone? How many births does she attend per month? Does she have backup? These are extremely important!
I help moms who have been affected by birth trauma. We work one on one to help overcome feelings of guilt, sadness, and loss of control over what may have happened to them in their past. I help families with their transition from a couple to a family, from one child to two and so on.
I combine my years of training, experience, and nudging from the Holy Spirit to guide me in your care. If you are delivering in the hospital or home, you can trust me in caring for you and your baby! Below you will find the standards in which I practice by.
Recent studies regarding midwife and/or doula care:
and down at the bottom under the title Continuous labor and delivery support: http://www.acog.org/Resources_And_Publications/Obstetric_Care_Consensus_Series/Safe_Prevention_of_the_Primary_Cesarean_Delivery
Please feel free to contact me for an appointment! I am truly blessed to be able to serve women and families and would love to sit and just chat with you about whatever is on your mind and see how we can work together during your pregnancy, labor and birth. ~Kris