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Midwifery Services South Texas

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MIDWIFERY SERVICES OF SOUTH TEXAS

Claudine Crews LM, CPM

Home Birth Specialist

San Antonio, Floresville, and surrounding areas in South Central Texas

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Claudine Crews LM, CPM 

Licensed and Certified Professional Midwife  

Home Birth Specialist

 

Professional Training and Qualifications

 

I have actually trained to become a midwife twice!  

My education in midwifery began in 1982 with the Association of Texas Midwives training program. After my son was born in 1982 I began an apprenticeship with three San Antonio Midwives. I completed my training late in 1983. During that time I also worked as a volunteer in labor and delivery, mostly labor coaching, at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio, TX from 1983 - 1987.  It gave me a clear picture of the potential risks and consequences of various practices common in hospital birth and reinforced my belief and faith in rightness of natural birth.

 

In 1986 I passed the voluntary Texas Health Department basic midwifery exam, and I also passed The San Antonio Midwives Association exam.

 

I practiced in partnership with another San Antonio midwife as Pregnancy and Birth Midwifery Services until the end of 1989.

 

In 1989 I made the difficult decision to quit midwifery for family reasons. By 1990 I was no longer attending births, but never was able to forget about it! Midwifery is not job, it is a calling!  In 2002 I had a grandchild on the way - and my son and daughter-in-law wanted a home birth with me as their midwife!  I contacted Janet Dirmeyer and asked if I could go to some births with her. She agreed, and I immediately knew it was time to get back to where I belonged! During those 12 years Texas laws were changed to require a license to practice midwifery. Texas recognizes the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) qualification for licensing so, since I already had 8 years experience in midwifery, I chose the NARM CPM route for state licensing. I completed a two year apprenticeship with Janet Dirmeyer (Special Delivery Midwifery, San Antonio, TX.), completed all NARM requirements for CPM certification, and then obtained my Texas License.

 

Midwifery education is a passion of mine. I am the Course Coordinator for the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program, and am also an instructor and preceptor for the program. I serve on both the Association of Texas Midwives and the San Antonio Area Midwives education committees.

 

For a listing of workshops and continuing education I've participated in click here.

 

I am affiliated with the following organizations:

  • The Association of Texas Midwives (Course Coordinator and Education Committee, Preceptor)

  • Association of Texas Midwives Education Chair

  • Association of Midwifery Educators

  • National Association of Certified Professional Midwives

  • The San Antonio Area Midwives Association

  • Midwives Alliance of North America

  • International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)

  • Citizens For Midwifery

  • International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)

  • President of the San Antonio Midwives Association from 1985 - 1989

 

 

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Meet The Midwife

 

Meet Claudine Crews

Claudine Crews and baby

 

I am happily married and the mother of 4 grown children. My own birth experiences were the foundation for my belief in the inherent strength of women and the normalcy of birth.

 

My first two children were born in hospitals. When I became pregnant with my third child in 1982 I knew there had to be a better way. I happened to read a magazine article about home birth and decided to look into this as an option. I found a midwife and everything fell into place! My midwife gave me much better care than I had received during my previous pregnancies and births. In fact, I was so inspired by her that this was when I made my decision to become a midwife, and I began my training during that pregnancy. When I went into labor she came immediately, and it was a good thing since I was in labor for less than 2 hours from the very first contraction. In spite of experiencing a postpartum hemorrhage, handled very professionally by my midwife, it was a wonderful, empowering, and awesome experience. No one took my baby away from me, and both my son and I were always treated with gentleness and respect. This was birth the way it was meant to be!

 

My 4th son was born at home in Jan. 1985. This birth was much longer and more difficult then previous births. My baby was not in a good position, and it turned out he had the cord wrapped around his body and neck several times. I pushed for nearly 4 hours before he was finally born. If I had been in a hospital I would have been given a C-Section rather than being 'allowed' to push that long. As it was, I gave birth to a very healthy, squalling boy with APGAR scores of 10 and 10. This could never have happened without the faith my midwives had, both in me and in birth itself.