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Midwifery Services South Texas

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 Birth & Midwifery Care With Experienced, Skilled Home Birth Specialists

MIDWIFERY SERVICES OF SOUTH TEXAS

Claudine Crews LM, CPM

Licensed and Certified Professional Midwife 

      Offices in the Elmendorf - Floresville area. Services provided in surrounding areas of South Central Texas

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MIDWIFE SERVICES

·     Prenatal Care

·     Labor and Birth

·     Waterbirth

·     Postpartum Care

·     The Birth Center

·     Well-Woman

·     Childbirth Classes

·     VBAC - Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

·     Fees and Insurance

MEET THE MIDWIVES

·     Qualifications

·     Personal

·     Affiliations

CLIENT SECTION

·     Forms

·     Nutritional Assessment

·     Preparing for Your Birth

·     Supplies

BIRTH STORIES & TESTIMONIALS

CONTACT INFORMATION

ABOUT MIDWIVES

·     What is a midwife?

·     What is a Certified Professional Midwife?

·     Midwives Model of Care™

·     Texas Midwives

·     How to Choose a Midwife

ABOUT HOME BIRTH

·     Home Birth - Is it safe?

·     Advantages of Birth Outside of a Hospital

·     American Public Health Association Support

BIRTH OPTIONS AND CHOICES

·     Waterbirth

·     VBAC

·     Cord Clamping

·     Preparing for Birth - Childbirth Education

·     Doulas

 

BIRTH AMERICAN STYLE

·     Induction

·     Continuous Fetal Monitoring

·     Cesarean Section

·     Epidurals

·     Immediate Cord Clamping Vs. Delayed Cord Clamping

PREGNANCY INFORMATION

·     Home Pregnancy Tests

·     Estimating Your Due Date

·     Common Discomforts

·     Warning Signs

·     Prenatal Testing

·     Ultrasound

·     Breech?

·     Induction

·     Childbirth Classes

NUTRITION IN PREGNANCY

·     Why good nutrition

·     Nutritional needs

·     Sample Diet

·     Nutritional values of foods

·     Food Safety

·     Salt - Yes, you do need it!

NEWBORN AND POSTPARTUM CARE

·     Breastfeeding

·     Circumcision

·     Immunizations

·     Childproofing Your Home

PHOTO ALBUM

RESOURCES AND LINKS

SITE MAP

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Serving San Antonio  and surrounding areas including: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Comal, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Wilson, and surrounding counties in South Central Texas.

 

 

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Note: Not currently accepting new clients. Referrals available.

 

Welcome to Midwifery Services of South Texas

 

Your pregnancy and birth should be the happiest and most memorable experience in your life. Choosing to have your baby with the help of midwives has so many benefits for both mother and baby! Studies done on midwife attended birth repeatedly support the safety and advantages of birth with midwives, either in the comfort and privacy of your home or in a free-standing birth center. The word midwife means, quite literally, WITH WOMAN. Not in front of woman, over woman, or above woman. WITH WOMAN.  This view of women working with women as a team is the foundation of what is known as the Midwives Model of Care  

 

Midwives can help you have the special birth you and your baby deserve. Our goal is to help you achieve this with the personalized, one-on-one care that a Certified Professional Midwife provides.

 

Midwifery Services of South Texas provides a full range of services for pregnant women in the San Antonio area including:

All midwifery care is provided by State Licensed and NARM Certified Professional Midwives, with medical consultation and back-up through a private obstetrician. Prenatal care is flexible, with offices in the Floresville - Elmendorf area. Home prenatal visits can be arranged. For detailed information on all of our services see the Midwife Services page.

 

Our Philosophy

 

Pregnancy and birth are normal life events - not  diseases. A woman's body is designed for giving birth, and childbirth happens the way it does because it is the best and safest method of bringing our children into the world. For the normal healthy woman, interfering in the natural birth process actually creates many of the very problems we want to avoid. Mothers are not meant to be drugged, babies are not meant to be separated from their mothers. Mothers do not need to be rescued from labor, and babies do not need to be rescued from birth! Interfering with a healthy mother delivering a healthy baby is not only a violation of the miracle of birth, it is also unsafe.

 

 


News


 

Homebirths Attended by Midwives are

Safe For Low-Risk Women

 

A ground breaking study, the largest of its kind, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed that planned homebirths attended by Certified Professional Midwives are safer than hospital  births. The results support the American Public Health Associations (APHA) recommendation to increase access to out-of-hospital maternity care services with direct entry midwives in the United States.

 

Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America.

 

~ BMJ, 2005 June 18, 330(7507): 1416-19

 

 


Updated Figures

The State of Childbirth in America

A Fact Sheet from CIMS


 

News Update on

U.S. Cesarean Section Rate 2010

32.8%

#1 surgery performed in the US in 2013 - 1.31 million

Cesarean section rate for Texas = 35.1%

Reported January 13, 2013

 

See http://cesareanrates.com

 

For a complete report and information on cesarean section

Birth American Style - Cesareans


 

Check out the trailer for an upcoming documentary:

PREGNANT IN AMERICA

 

 

"Peace on earth begins with birth"

 

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Permission to reprint pregnancy and childbirth information contained within this website with attribution

No photographs may be used without written permission

 

 

 

Personalized Pregnancy and Birth Care

 

Birthing Your Way

 

 

 

Serving the south central Texas area including Atkins, Elmendorf, Floresville, La Vernia, Pleasanton, Poth, and surrounding areas.

 

 

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The United States ranks 29th globally in infant mortality rates. 28 other countries have better infant mortality rates. In countries with the best infant mortality rates midwives provide care for most pregnant women.

 

 

"We have a secret in our culture

and it's not  that birth is painful.

It's that women are strong."
 

                     --Laura Stavoe Harm

 

 

 

Birth at home family

 

Three home births, two water births

 

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