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MIDWIFERY SERVICES OF SOUTH TEXAS

Claudine Crews LM, CPM

Licensed and Certified Professional Midwife 

San Antonio, Floresville, and surrounding areas in 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

Complete prenatal care in my office.

Home or birth center.

Serving the San Antonio, Elmendorf, Floresville, Karnes City, Pleasanton and surrounding areas, including: Atascosa, Bexar, Guadalupe, Karnes,  Wilson, and surrounding counties, including parts of Comal and DeWitt in South Central Texas.

Suggested Reading List

Gentle Birth Choices                                             Barbara Harper, RN

Ina May's Guide To Childbirth                                Ina May Gaskin

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth           Henci Goer

Immaculate Deception II                                        Suzanne Arms

Journey Into Motherhood -

     Inspirational Stories of Natural Birth                    Sheri L. Menelli

Birthing From Within                                             Pam England, R. Horowitz

Active Birth                                                         Janet Balaskas

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way                        Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg

Childbirth Without Fear                                         Grantly Dick-Read, MD

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding                         La Leche League Intl

The Secret Life of the Unborn Child                         T. Verny, MD,  J. Kelly

NEW! Born in the USA:

     How a Broken Maternity System Must Be

     Fixed to Put Women and Children First               Marsden Wagner, MD

 

Good Magazines

The Complete Mother

The magazine of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Available in the mail or an on-line subscription.

 

Mothering Magazine

The magazine of natural family living.

Good Web Sites

Birthing Naturally

A wonderful site devoted to information on the whys and hows of natural childbirth. Great information on preparing for a natural birth, including relaxation techniques, massage and touch, and various other suggestions for coping with labor. Also a section on Christian childbirth. I Highly recommend this site!

 

Birthing The Future

Founded by Suzanne Arms, the mission of Birthing The Future®, the non-profit*, is to gather, synthesize, and disseminate the finest world wisdom about birthing and the care of mothers and babies from pre-conception to the first birthday. The focus is upon what is ideal for mothers and babies to promote their physical, psychological and spiritual well-being and the development of their full potential.

 

 

The Childbirth Connection

One of the best sites for information on pregnancy and birth. Formerly Maternity Center Association, The Childbirth Connection is a not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918. Promotes safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care. Evidence-based maternity care means using the best research about the safety and effectiveness of specific tests, treatments, and interventions to help you make informed decisions.

 

Be sure and read The Rights of Childbearing Women
This statement outlines a set of basic maternity rights that Childbirth Connection has identified and promotes for all childbearing women. You can download a PDF version from this site.

 

Citizens For Midwifery

A non-profit, volunteer, grassroots organization. Founded by several mothers in 1996, it is the only national consumer-based group promoting the Midwives Model of Care.

 

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services

CIMS is a coalition of individuals and organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs.

 

GentleBirth.org

Home birth safety and benefits from a California LM.

 

Henci Goer is an acknowledged expert on evidence-based maternity care. Her website has links to articles and information from the author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth and Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities.

 

International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc.

ICAN is a nonprofit organization founded by Esther Booth Zorn in 1982. ICAN's mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

 

For breastfeeding advice and support contact La Leche League

1-800-LALECHE for nearest group or help.

 

Natural Instinctive Parenting

'Attachment Parenting', breastfeeding, more

 

Pantley.com

Parenting resources from Elizabeth Pantley

 

Postpartum Support International

If you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms of prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, know that it is treatable. For more information visit this site.

 

VBAC.com

This website provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to research-based information, resources, continuing education and support for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.

 

Waterbirth International

Waterbirth International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping waterbirth become an available option for all women. You can find just about anything you want to know about waterbirth here, and links to more resources.
 

Belly women

Belly Women is a non-profit organization which believes strongly in equal access to prenatal and postpartum care for all women. The site was created primarily to help connect pregnant women with free or low cost doulas, labor assistants, and childbirth education.

 

 

 

 


 


 

Claudine Crews LM, CPM


 

For a free consultation contact me at:

  Midwifery Services of South Texas

 

midwifeservices@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

No photographs may be copied or used without written permission

 

 

Resources and Links

~ LOCAL RESOURCES ~

Wilson County

South-Central Texas Area

La Leche League of Floresville

 La Leche League offers:

·      Lending library with books on breastfeeding, childbirth, parenting and nutrition

·      Mother-to-mother support

·      Leaders accredited by La Leche League International

·      Latest breastfeeding information

·      Monthly meetings

·      Telephone helping

For more information contact

Susan at 830-216-2029

Diane at 830-947-4450

Floresville La Leche League

Meeting Schedule

 


 

Go, Baby, Go!

The baby store that comes to you!

Serving Wilson, Bexar, and Guadalupe Counties.

  • Baby carriers

  • Soft-soled shoes

  • Cloth diapering systems and accessories

FREE diapering and baby wearing classes

Home shopping available. For more information visit website or call:

Diane at 210-313-4239

 


On-Line Communities

Don't feel so alone! Find support, encouragement, information, and friendship with others who share the same beliefs as you!

 

From IVillage.com

 

Homebirth Message Board

 

VBAC Support

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

 

Unmedicated Birth

Planning for a natural, unmedicated

birth at home, in a birthing center, or a hospital.

 

Breastfeeding Message Board

 

 

Yahoo groups

 

Waterbirth

This is the official email list for Global Maternal/Child Health and Waterbirth International. It is open to anyone interested in discussing waterbirth. This includes using water for pain relief in childbirth, as well as giving birth underwater.

 

Homebirth

For moms who are either planning a home birth, considering home birth, or have experienced a homebirth

 

International Cesarean Awareness Network

ICAN - online

 

An online support group for anyone wishing to discuss birth and cesarean issues. Topics of discussion frequently include how to avoid an unnecessary cesarean, preparing for VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), healing and grieving from a difficult or traumatic previous birth, how to find a caregiver who is supportive of vaginal birth and VBAC, informed consent, childbirth education, the role of doulas and midwives, birth stories, etc.

 

 

MotheringDotCommune

The Natural Family Living Community

Forums on pregnancy, birth, homebirth, parenting, breastfeeding, depression... you name it!

 

 

 

Childbirth Education

 

Birthing From Within

Bradley - Husband Coached Childbirth

Hypnobirthing

ICEA

Lamaze

 

San Antonio Area Midwives Assoc.

 

Good Products!

Soothae

The Post-Pregnancy Panty

This product is specifically designed for the first days or weeks following birth. They are soft and comfortable and much more absorbent than even the best sanitary pads. You can read more and order Soothae on-line.

 

 

 

 

Many of the beautiful photos on my web site were provided by :

Bellies by L. E.

Motherhood Photography