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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