Midwifery Mythinformation

In an effort to get the word out that our San Tan Valley MomDoc Midwives office is open and seeing patients I have been telling everyone I meet that I’m a midwife. 

Grocery checker: Did you find everything you need?

Me: Yes, thanks. I wanted to let you know I’m a midwife and that our midwife office is right here near the grocery store! We are going to start doing deliveries at Banner Ironwood starting October 1.

Grocery checker (looking unimpressed): I’m not having a baby.

Me: That’s okay. Nurse-midwives provide all kinds of women’s health care including annual exams and GYN care. Tell your friends!

Next stop — the bank.

Male bank teller: Hi, how can I help you?

Me: Did you know that there are soon going to be midwives delivering at Banner Ironwood Medical Center?

Teller: (Nervous smile)

Me :No? Our office is just next to yours, right over there. Here’s my card.

Teller: I’ll tell the other (female) tellers.

Most of my man on the street visits go more like this.

Me: Hi, my name is Karen, I’m a nurse midwife with MomDoc Midwives. My office is next to Banner Ironwood Medical Center where I’ll be doing deliveries starting in October.

Person: Wow, when my wife had a baby they didn’t let midwives do deliveries in hospitals.

Me:  Nurse-midwives deliver in many settings including home, birth centers and hospitals.

Other Person: I really wanted a midwife but I didn’t think I could have a baby without an epidural so I decided on a doctor.

Me: Nurse-midwives support women in their choice of pain control including epidurals, tubs, showers, IV pain medication and relaxation techniques. 

Other Person: I like the idea of a midwife but I wanted my insurance to pay for the birth.

Me: Today all 50 states require insurance companies to reimburse nurse-midwives for childbirth services. 

If you like the idea of a midwife but aren’t sure its right for you schedule a meet and greet appointment. This is a nonclinical appointment for you to ask questions and see how personalities work together. It may be the best thing you ever did. It was for me!

If you want to read more of the truth about nurse-midwives you’ll love this article by Frontier Nursing University titled Busting Midwifery Myths where they separate fact from fiction on this vital healthcare option for women.



Hey San Tan Valley, New Midwife Over Here

After decades of channeling Betty Crocker and Molly Mormon I went back to college and fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a midwife.

I’m pretty new to the San Tan Valley; I moved here to work as a certified nurse-midwife this past June. I have a great job providing prenatal care and women’s health in a clinic and helping mom’s give birth in the hospital. I still love to cook and decorate the house, I just don’t have as much time for it.

Outside of work I love being with my family (and a bunch of other stuff that I will talk about in future posts). I have four boys and four girls (yeah, I love babies). Most are grown up now and I am very proud of all of them and their families. I love to brag about my six grand kids and I tell everyone who will listen that I have two daughter-in-laws who have babies due within a couple of days of each other this fall. MIDWIFE HEAVEN!

Why I Became a Midwife
I became a midwife because I want to be with women when they become mothers. I gave birth eight times and had eight really different experiences. Giving birth helped me figure out that there are some things I do not want other women to have to go through if they can be avoided. I believe women should be listened to. I want all women to be treated with dignity and respect. I want women to have informed birth choices and options about birth providers.

I left a pretty sweet set up when I left Utah to move to Queen Creek, including living in an old stone church, a super awesome 90 year old neighbor lady (we did our best to solve the world’s problems during our weekly visits), and these guys, these guys, and her. God must really want me here to take me away from all of that.

Why I Am Loving It Here
I am thrilled to be here meeting the moms and babies of San Tan Valley. The weather here is unbeatable (I’m always cold so this is working out perfectly!). I’m working with some rock star midwives. The new neighbors were at our door within five minutes of our U-Haul pulling into the driveway and soon a crowd had us all unloaded. That kind of welcome gives me the feeling this is going to be a fantastic place to live.